Sunday, 23 May 2010
Phew, it has been hot, and very welcome, and I have a good suntan, or I will have if the red turns to brown, right now it is somewhat electric red! Saturday Adam and I managed to get through the whole day with an experience day full of four people, and still be nice to one another by the end!! We took it easy and the birds were good as ever. He is now off for five days to look after his parents livestock while they have a break, however his name was definitely being slandered when today Holly found his falconry bag full of meat and his lure, we were tempted to leave it until next Friday, but in this weather it would have been a nightmare by then, then there was the thought of just putting it all in his flat!! However Adam you were in luck, we cleared it all out and washed your bag!!

We had six people on a half day experience today, with a ton of friends and family with them, which was nice to see. They did well and the birds flew nicely for them. I managed to get four birds done before they came, which was a good thing, because Calusa, the male saker did a disappearing act when being flown off demonstration between the 2.00pm and the 4.15 demonstration, he eventually came back just before the end of the last demonstration, and sat on the hedge outside the Centre waiting for Simon to pick him up, I suspect he will be losing some weight over the next couple of days. The Turkey Vultures are doing really well, some very good flying, they are enjoying their different aviary, and I think that Pinotage will once she gets over her sulk about being moved.

Friday was a little depressing, I had hoped that I could get a BMW engine to go into my Range Rover, because as soon as you mention the word Range Rover, the price doubles, however apparently the BMW engine, although it is the same one, will not fit, damn it. So we are back to square one on that one. The damp bit that Iloana found has become a mammoth task, the whole of the back drive is up, and there is more to do, I suspect it will be a week of work so that did not make for a particularly cheerful day. Richard and Janet came over to look at the hole and what there was in the way of power running across the yard and then they took me out to supper so that was a nicer end to the day. But it was a long day as I had taken Linda to the bus station at 5.15am that morning!

We now have another emergency, Bosbury Pippin, the baby Ural Owl is sick, we have no idea what is wrong, but Holly and James, her boyfriend have just driven off to Swindon to Neil Forbes, I have to say I am very concerned as he looked pretty sick when they left. Its staggering how the birds always manage to get sick on the weekend, they seem to manage it infallibly, or a Bank Holiday. I hope it is not anything serious as he is a dear owl and we are all very fond of him already.



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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