Monday, 8 March 2010
Birthday went fine, and I had some lovely presents and some lovely flowers and Joan and her mother arrived as a surprise, and it was a surprise, a very nice one. Mozart seems happy in his new enclosure, he is not getting up onto the perches yet, but has so much more human company and loves being the centre of attention. The others are in too, so the block is full and they all seem very settled and happy in there, and look wonderful. On Sunday various friends and volunteers stained the outside black, and it is looking pretty damn good and today (Monday) Tom continued to work on the gates at the end of the Hawk Walk. Adam also managed to get the posts for the standoff barrier up on one side of the Owl Courtyard (with help needless to say) and on Sat and Sun he and lots of help from volunteers got the trench dug to take the water away from Barn 3 and 4, so that will be great, we should get rid of the ice slick on the way to the café which will make for a safer but less interesting walk on a cold morning!

On Sunday John and I went to the other side of Pembridge near Leominster and did a demonstration for a birthday party. The children were nice and very excited and all the birds behaved themselves very well, it was their first trip away from home for months for some of them and the first ever for a couple like the Lugger. My Ranger Rover is still not driveable, so Tony Buckland lent me a Landrover Defender – I want one!!!! It was like being Cinderella, my little van disappeared and a Landrover Defender appeared and then today, the Landrover disappeared and my van came back like the pumpkin damn it! Ah well it was fun while it lasted, sort of like having an extra birthday present for a bit!

We now have a five day falconry course with five very nice people on it, and the first day went well, it was bloody cold, we are having hard frosts, but the sun was out and the sky blue, and all the birds did well and flew nicely. And guess what I have got!!

Simon just hatched a baby Eurasian Griffon Vulture – hooray, it is about two hours old as I write and here is a picture. It is the first one we have hatched in the UK, having bred one before. But last year we did not hatch the egg, however this one is out and there is another egg in the incubator. So things are looking up for the breeding season.

We also chose the theme for the birds name for this year, English Apples.

1 comments:

Actual Education said...

Wonderful to see this blog! One of my favourite tv programmes as a child was your early 1980s "A Falconer's Tale" - I loved it and would have loved to get my hands on it if it was ever brought out in VHS or DVD.

I got interested in Falconry when I was a child and read 'My side of the mountain' by Jean George. I think I was reading this at the time I saw your tv show. I've not flown a falcon yet but it is very much on my 'to-do' list.

I've followed this blog and am looking forward to reading more.

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHZGQ8i8AwI

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