Saturday July 31st 2010
This week has been a lot quieter. There was yet another film crew, this time from Russia, as well as some people from Canada who are involved in conservation projects in the Canadian North West, but Tony Warburton took care of these, as the Trust’s overseas projects are his field of expertise.
The audiences at ‘Meet The Birds’ have been getting noticeably larger now, with the summer holidays getting in full swing. Mortimer is proving to be a great hit, as the laughter get louder, the bigger the audience gets. ‘Metro’ the Barn Owlet is changing almost hourly now, as his/her feathers are almost fully grown. He/she is very small in stature, and is probably the smallest Barn Owl I have ever seen. His/her temperament appears very benign and laid back, which is good news for the Owl Centre staff. We have enough birds which like to take a ‘chunk’ out of you! I will be on Holiday for a few weeks, as from the middle of next week, and he/she should be fully grown by the time I get back, So I will be very interested to see how he/she turns out. You may notice that I am referring to Metro as he/she. The reason being that he/she has, as a result of her continued physical development, shown to have black speckles on his/her white breast, which we normally associate with females. There is however room for crossover, as you can get ‘darker’ males, as well as ‘lighter’ females. Not that it’s all that important, as Metro isn’t going to be a breeding bird, but rather an important owl ambassador for the World Owl Trust. This is something we have to give more priority towards, as certainly in the British Isles, Barn Owl habitat is one of the most endangered around, what with 97% of all original Hay meadows having disappeared since the Second World War. Having Barn Owl ambassadors helps to put across the message of conservation. By looking after Barn Owls, we are also looking after ‘wild flowers, bumble bees, butterflies, small mammals, Skylarks, and Corncrakes’, to mention a few. Many of which are declining rapidly.
I mentioned last week about having recorded the gig with Buzzard at the Maryport Blues Festival 2010. Well this week I have managed to listen to the result of it, and all things considering, it wasn’t bad at all. I have some assorted video footage as well, and all being well, with the help of our web master will be putting it on Youtube with a link back to our website, but this won’t be till the end of August, as I will be away till then. This will be the last blog until the 28th of August. I hope you all have a pleasant summer.
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