Thursday, 27 May 2010
Were she still alive it would be Mother’s birthday today, so Happy Birthday Mother and I hope wherever you are, the whisky is to your taste!!

We have had two Sparrowhawks arrive in during the last couple of days, a stunning adult male, whose colour is to die for, we are not sure what is up, it is odd and he is quiet, but he is feeding now and we are treating a wing injury and will see how he does. The other was a female, poor girl she has been attacked by magpies, can you believe, her head is a mess, and she had laid a thin shelled egg in the box that she arrived in. As yet she is not feeding, so we have her on fluids to get her up to speed. Hopefully both will be able to be released back to the wild.

On the subject of wild injured birds brought in, the Peregrine from Symonds Yat is doing very well and flying nicely and will be released in the summer months after wild young have fledged. Charlie has done a nice job on her.

On a somewhat hectic day on Tuesday my Harris Hawk Bay Middleton caught a Jackdaw in the field in full view of the public!! Tactful boy! He did not do it much damage so I released it again, I have to say the bird literally committed suicide, it just sat there while he flew over – that is like you having a picnic on the M4 motorway!! Hopefully he will have learnt a lesson, it was pretty decent of me to release him as I know they are building a nest in one of my chimneys!! Of course now Bay Middleton thinks he can catch anything and had a go at a wagtail this morning.

The baby Steller’s is doing very well, see the photo, what a lovely sight I have to say. So far so good with the rearing and it is lovely to see it back with mum and dad, both of whom are great parents. The weather today is wonderful, the rain helped the plants and the sun is out now and all looks fresh and green in the sunlight. We have a north wind and the Turkey Vultures were very exciting, the male was above tree height and having a good old time. Hare got some lift and did well and Holly said that all three kites were circling together in a thermal, so we are getting good flying. We did the Bald Eagle who is now called Cremorne, she was amazing and got caught by the wind at one point and came in over the top of the Copper Beeches, so she was 80 feet or more up, and it was so funny because you could see written all over her face and body language, OK now how the hell do I get down!!
The new roof has started to go on the stables, it still amazes me that people who kept expensive horses, and I mean expensive ones, would leave the stables in such rack and ruin, still we will get it right and it will look great down there as well as everywhere else that we have got back to where it should be.
We planted the two brick beds on either side of the flying ground today as well, at least Iloana did, and they are going to look good in a year or so when things start to grow as they should, I have a plan for them for the winter owl evenings!!



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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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