Monday, 24 January 2011
There is a huge grin on the faces of my bird staff right now!! Cremorne is back, weighed, and given a course of antibiotics in case, and sitting on her perch in the Hawk Walk and we are all sooooooooooooo relieved. Mark and I will have a full nights sleep instead of waking at 3.00 am worrying about the eagle. It is amazing how it is difficult to concentrate on things when one of the birds are out. However, she is back!!

My staff are so great, all the bird staff have given up time off, weekends, and steak suppers to make sure that we did all we could to get the eagle back. I suspect that there are few places where all the staff pull together and put in such huge effort to get a bird back as my staff do. I am very very proud of them all. And that is not just the bird staff, the office and café staff are just as worried and supportive when we lose a bird and so are the volunteers, who offer to help, offer lifts, email to see what is going on. All in all they are all a very special team every one of them.

One of the wonderful things about dealing with and chasing a lost bird is the amazing help we get from almost everyone. Apart from one farmer who was a little crabby, all the others went out of their way to help us. We borrowed ladders, spoke to people about crossing their land and were welcomed, were given tea, coffee, even hot fruit buns. Got phone calls to tell us what she was doing, and generally were made to feel welcome and cared about, which makes a huge difference when you are chasing a bird for a whole week!

So life will hopefully get a little bit back to normal. Richard has sorted out most of the lights and is going to finish them on Wednesday. Mike has taken my Landrover back to the place I got it as the clutch is not behaving. At first everyone said it was driver error, but I am glad to say that eventually it came to light that it was car error, NOT my driving!! The loos will get tackled again tomorrow, and we are getting there with the fencing. John and Holly and Linda took most of the plastic off the aviaries, it is wonderful to be able to see the birds properly again. And some of them were even pleased to see us. Holly and I managed to get a number of birds flown before the phone call that Cremorne had crossed the river again!! We might even get the demonstration that we were supposed to do at Hartpury done on Wednesday if all goes well tomorrow!



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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