Monday, 21 September 2009

New Arrival

Although Sedge is a wonder, he really is a great puppy, he is not a labrador so went on Sat to see some pups the other side of Salisbury and came home with Acer! She is a very pretty black (needless to say) lady with a very loud voice and huge appetite. She and Sedge have hit it off pretty well and play violently, although right now Sedge is very miserable as he has just been stung by an autumn wasp and has been moaning for about half an hour. Terriers are very different from labs, if one of the labs gets stung they run to us for help, terriers run away, however he is recovering slowly! The picture is Sedge and Acer, with thanks as ever to Linda, who not only took the picture but helped me to make the weblog look more in keeping with our website.

All four young Lanner falcons are starting to go really well, the female particularly and their weights are creeping up. We are slowly grounding some of the birds to reduce the numbers that we are working with over the winter. Many of them need a break and a moult now anyway. Plus we have two Steppe Eagles to get out and train in October, so we will need time for them and the nights are drawing in.

The weather stays as glorious as ever, yesterday it was amazing, deep blue skies, vivid green mown field, the gates all smart and painted black, the trees rapidly changing into their reds and golds and browns and well behaved falcons, eagles and kites all flying in front of them to highlight the backdrops. All the owls are coming on and many of them now are flying happily into and through trees which is great, Eager, the Long-eared Owl (he did get a name change!) is amazing to see high up in the beech trees.

We changed the front post in the flying grounds, we had a lovely stone one, but many of the birds slipped as they landed so we put a wooden one with a great piece of cork that my friends in Spain got for us. The birds were very pleased for a day, but then we stained the post black to match the rest of the timber work in the field and that made it very dangerous as far as the eagles and kites were concerned. Hare still won't land on it!



I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

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An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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