Monday, 5 April 2010
It has been so nice to see the benches full this weekend, and they were!! I am so glad we did the new ones. Sat was a lovely day in the morning, in fact exactly up to the 2.00pm flying demonstration, when it peed down. We started outside, but even we could not manage in the rain, and we usually ignore it. So we went into the indoor hawk walk, and gosh the birds were good. We flew Katana, barn owl, Ruby, burrowing owl, who was brilliant, and then Deception the yellow-billed kite who was amazing, it just shows what we could do if I had got the barn that I built in Eardisland. It was designed for indoor flying, the indoor HawkWalk is 25 feet wide and 60’ long, the indoor flying arena I built at Eardisland was 105 feet long and 60 feet wide, the birds would have had a field day and I could even have flown a falcon in there. I wish I could afford one here, it would make a huge difference, that and move the shop and café together, we will just have to win the lottery!!

Saturday was also hectic in the café, and so one of our founder members was in there helping with the washing up!! I promise it is not something that is expected if you become a Life Member in the future, but it was jolly helpful and much appreciated I can tell you.

The new weighing room comes on slowly, we are all looking forward to it coming into use as it will make a huge difference to all of us bird staff. The weighing room is sort of the heart of the working areas for the bird staff and our existing one is small and dark, the addition will be larger, spacious and I hope nice and light, although I am not as requested going to put in a flat screen TV and a sofa!! However if anyone has a Kettle they don’t want, or nice kitchen units they are about to take out, send them in our direction!!

It was a grey morning this morning, but dry!! It’s the dry that counts, there is a wind, which will make the flying interesting, the wild daffodils are all over the field and looking great. A goodly number of visitors, the easter egg hunt went well and the children seemed to enjoy it. All the birds flew well, Calusa the male saker flew loose for the first time today, hummmmmmmmm weight a little high I believe, and Hard Tackle is back on duty as well. Good stuff.

I am about to go and make some mulled wine, and cook some food as we have our belated firework party this evening, not sure how many are coming, but a few I hope. Sedge, Acer and Sorrell have had fun helping with the demonstrations this weekend, although helping might not be the right word!


Mark Whittaker said...

Hope you had a good season. Will hopefully be able to make a visit if work allows lol


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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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