Tuesday 29th July 2014
The temperature at Muncaster has been almost tropical over the past week. I have to say, that for the staff and the birds, it has been hard going. On one occasion, we ended up doing photos for longer than we did ‘Meet the Birds’, and everything that could go wrong did go wrong! We ended up only using one printer, as the other one had actually over heated in the direct sunlight! This followed on from a particular ‘Meet the Birds’ when the microphone battery ran out early on in the presentation, and I had to ‘shout’ the rest of the talk; never a nice thing to have to do, especially when you haven’t slept well for days due to the sticky heat! Anyway, Muncaster was nevertheless glorious. The Buddleias were all in flower, and they grow like weeds around the estate. All the Buddleias in the Owl Garden had actually self seeded, and they were a glorious sight, covered in Butterflies. I saw Tortoiseshell, Red Admirals and Peacocks; all immaculate, no doubt this year’s Caterpillars newly hatched out, and destined to be next year’s ‘tatty’ survivors. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a sighting of a Hummingbird Hawk moth. I haven’t seen one in a few years, but maybe the heat might encourage them this summer.
Our Kestrel chick has finally grown up. It is at present still in the quarantine unit. We are about to put it outside in an aviary, but, sods law, it is raining today. It will go outside as soon as the weather is dry for a few days. This will give it time to get used to an outdoor environment before having to get used to rain as well.
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