Thursday, 3 March 2011
Its flipping cold here at the moment, and very grey, I have to say I am looking forward to seeing the spring, although the wild daffodils in the field are beginning to have flowers, it does not feel very spring like yet. I am slowly recovering from the trip, although still coughing nicely, and I must have been sicker than I thought because I could not face a drink until last night! Not even had a G and T either. The birds are managing, and the two baby Tawny Eagles that we have are doing well as are the Indian Eagle Owls. I need to find a couple of breeding pairs of Indian Eagle Owls for us here as they make great sitters on eggs and lay nice and early. The Eurasian Griffon Vultures who we thought were not going to breed this year are looking more interested now and one pair has an egg, although I suspect it will not be fertile as the male only has one wing. The Stellers are on eggs, but we don’t know how many! And one pair of the Lanners is looking good, we will keep all the babies I think this year as I have an aging collection and that does not just include me!

Mark has sorted out the wall at the end of the café which was starting to look awful because the water from the paths has been hitting it for years. It is going to look much better once he has finished it. And last night I heard the almost forgotten noise of the lawn mower!! Nathan is back and mowing in the pitch dark as usual!

I think I mentioned the Eagle Owl that has been living in a quarry in the Forest of Dean. It had been there for over a year, and started to have a go at some of the workers. So we went over to see if we could catch it. Well catching it proved to be rather more difficult and wasn’t helped by the fact that some of the workers actually didn’t want it caught anyway! However we left a trap there and showed them what to do and Adam went over several times to see if he could get close. But fate in the shape of a complete and very nasty idiot intervened and this charming person shot the owl last Friday. Someone witnessed it and saw the owl fall off the pole and run down the road. We were phoned by this person and also the police and Adam went over and spent three hours, with about 12 other people from the village looking for the bird. They did not find it, although they kept in contact with us and kept looking – so it just goes to show there are more nice people out there than the nasty chap. The night before last someone was driving along that way, spotted the owl and put it in a box and called us, so Adam collected him and we took him to Eden Tanner to be examined. He has a nasty break in his left wing, mid shaft which is going to be operated on today, the pellet is still in there, so we hope to get that out as evidence. He ate well last night – and is looking OK this morning, although obviously a little sorry for himself. Here is hoping that the operation goes well and he recovers well enough to fly again.

Someone sent me this today which was interesting sort of!!
Have a look at these and compare with a gallon of petrol!
Diet Snapple £10.32 per gallon
Lipton Iced Tea £9.52 per gallon
Ocean Spray Juice £10.00 per gallon
Brake Fluid £33.60 per gallon
Vick’s Nyquil £178.13 per gallon
Pepto Bismol £123.20 per gallon
EVIAN WATER £21.19 per gallon (told you not to drink bottled water!!)
Best of all
Printer Ink £5,200 per gallon
Just goes to show that although petrol and even worse diesel prices are a nightmare, water and printer ink is a complete rip off! And here at the end is a picture of some lovely electrics for you Richard!! So no more complaining about mine!!



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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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