Friday, 11 March 2011

Well I went shopping and bought lots of plants with the ‘voucher’ from my staff and then spent two days making a horrible mess of the courtyard, but it looks great now, I can’t wait for the spring and everything to come out.

Henry had his shoe put back on he lost yet another one on my birthday! and I took him out last night, it was our usual eventful ride, but to be fair to him he has not been out for two weeks, roll on the clocks changing so I can go out in the evenings.

The wind has been cold, but the Barbary Falcon loves it and has been flying like a dream whenever it is windy. Hare is back out and flying, although as usual at the beginning of his season he is rather good at tree sitting. We flew Cremorne loose the day before yesterday – first time since her little sojourn around Gloucestershire, she was very good, it was very windy yesterday, so we did not fly her, but hopefully next week she will be back on form. We are slowly adding in birds to the flying teams, it is good to see some of them out again, but sadly we had to come to a decision on Shanny, she did not fly last year and was in with a male, but showed no signs of interest – it could have been the wrong male for her! So we switched her with Topaz and started her flying about ten days, ago, but she did not do well, so we decided that she had earned her retirement. She is being fed up again and will go into an aviary, we will give her a young male for company, and she can do what she likes, she worked hard for us over the years, went to the US and back and has been a star, she can look out on the world now and not have to work for her living.

We have been loaned a hybrid Merlin Peregrine, and he is very smart, if he flies as well as others that we have had he will be great fun and a challenge on the lure swinging front. Karis is still to come out and a few other falcons, the kites will be out once the risk of frost is over, and then the Burrowing Owls, whom it will be lovely to see working again, I hope they like their new tunnel design!!

Our two baby Tawny Eagles are doing well, and the Sakers have laid – hooray!! And I think one of the pairs of Lanners may have as well, so that is wonderful, all we have to hope for now is that they are fertile. And amazingly the other pair of Griffon Vultures have laid, now she has laid before but her male only has one wing, so we did not expect any fertile eggs, well, her egg is fertile!! So the old boy managed somehow, good on him! She is sitting on a dummy wooden egg and hopefully if her egg hatches we will return her baby and they will have a son or daughter to rear. The Steller’s are sitting nicely on their two eggs, we are not double clutching them otherwise we will be up to our eyes in Stellers Sea Eagles!!



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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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