Thursday, 24 September 2009
One of my favourite things is to be able to (almost) clear my email inbox, it always makes me feel very virtuous! Not that it is that difficult by the time you have deleted all the incredibly stupid people who are offering you millions of pounds for all sorts of very weird reasons. And the even more stupid people offering you enlarged penis's when you are female. You do have to wonder at the mental acuity of people who do this - are they born stupid or do they just get that way.

Yet another delightful day, with bright sunshine, Holly and Philip took four people out on our first hunting day, the birds flew well, they had several flights but did not catch anything, which is normal at this time of the year as really lovely weather is not good for hunting. They did however have a treat as Bay Middleton went on the soar, I wish I had seen it, he was up at about 230 feet!!! That is wonderful for a Harris, and something that I hope we can encourage him to do. It was great soaring weather.

Adam had a day off and Simon was doing the last of the roofing on the small falcon block so I did the demonstrations, with great help from Terri, one of our volunteers who ferried birds back and forth as I flew each one. All the birds did very well, it is always good to fly birds that you do not normally work with as it gives you an idea of how they are coming on and both Holly and Adam should be proud of themselves as all their birds were first class.

Dawn Run is really coming on now, she is going to be an exciting Lanner, and Fortina the peregrine is begining to show off! We had a really nice Danish chap here photographing the Kestrels for a book, they behaved and he was charming to work with. I am looking forward to seeing the book when it is done.

Sedge and Acer have a great life, breakfast at 7.00am playtime from 7.30am until 10.30 after coffee time, when they sleep in the shop with Jan (who adores Sedge!) Then lunch after the first demonstration with a walk down to the cafe to help staff and visitors with their lunch. Sleep for the second demonstration and then out for the rest of the day. Wheatabix at 6.00pm, play in the house and now Acer is asleep on the floor and Sedge is behind me on my office chair, not a bad life really! Sedge is very bright and has already learnt that you are not allowed to help with the demonstrations, but must sit still and watch, and he does!

One of Nettles results need to go off and be checked, so I am crossing my fingers for that. I hope there is nothing wrong, I would hate to lose another dog now. The little male Sparrowhawk that came in is doing well, we just need him to get more use of one foot and then he can go, which will be good.

It has been quiet on the injured wild bird front for the last 36 hours, lets hope it stays that way. The Hobby's are still here and we saw a wild peregrine yesterday with something in its feet, not sure what!

Long may the weather continue in this way



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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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