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Wulf

October 31st 2009; Halloween.

Hallo there!
This is the first of what will be a weekly update on our website.
I will leave my E-mail address. Should you like to contact me with any questions or queries, this being part of making our product range more ‘dynamic’, and also allowing you a more ‘intimate’ picture of what goes on at The Owl Centre on a weekly basis.

Halloween is upon us once more signalliing the end of the flying season, Sunday the 1st of November being the last ‘Meet The Birds’ of the year. We find ourselves in a slightly awkward situation in that our latest addition to the flying team, namely ‘Chocolate’ the European Eagle Owl is only 19 weeks old and has only been flying free on the front lawn for about 3 weeks. To lay her off with the other birds for the entire off season is probably not a good idea at this stage, as unlike the more established members of the team, the concept of flying to the glove isn’t entirely engrained yet, and probably, to err on the safe side, she needs a bit more time on the lawn interacting with the keepers. So we will be flying her probably until the start of the festive season.

Things have been happening round the collection. Traditionally it is a fairly quiet time round the centre in that the breeding season is usually over and done with by now, but not this year! At present both the Ashy-faced Owls in the Main Display and the Indian Eagle Owls down in the Breeding Ground have eggs. To add to that, the Ferruginous Pygmy Owls in the Breeding Ground have recycled and successfully reared another clutch of owlets! Not only is breeding Ferruginous Pygmy Owls a first for us, but we managed to breed 2 clutches totalling 6 birds.

The off season is the time when we catch up on maintenance, this year being earmarked for extensive roof repairs down in the breeding ground, i.e. all the wood and felt being replaced by metal profile sheeting.

Now is also a good time to experiment with new nestbox designs for next year’s breeding season. When owls don’t breed this is often their way of showing they aren’t happy with something, often a different nestbox is all they need.

Wulf
Head Keeper


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