Friday, 13 May 2011
Not only are our birds breeding well, but the wild birds are doing it too. We have a Dunnock’s nest in the little bush right next to the Goshawk and Harris Hawk, so we have moved the hawks to give the babies a chance to fledge safely. There is a Wagtail nesting on the beam in the Lanners compartment, Starlings in with the Black Kites, something very noisy in with the Condor and so it goes on. It is interesting that people think that having birds of prey around will frighten off the native wildlife, but not a bit of it. And to cap it all the bloody rabbits are being a pain in the field, digging up the grass, you would not think that with about 280 raptors and right now six dogs we would have a rabbit problem!

The 150 tons of 6ml to dust is nearly all delivered, D day for putting it down is Monday!! We have to move the larger stone off and spray with weed killer and then the great gravel day begins!! It should make a huge difference to the look of the place as it will pull all the paths together, I am looking forward to it!

The new play area is finished!! It looks wonderful and I hope children will enjoy going round it –we do. Holly has the first timed round at 55 seconds, I am sure Adam will beat it, he is trying to go round on one foot – hopping, but that is what we would expect from Adam.

Having chased Lady Isabel around the flaming country again last weekend, we have decided that as she has started to moult we are going to feed her up and put her in to moult and fly her in the winter when the leaves are gone, we have also grounded Pinotage as she has a couple of broken tail feathers and would benefit from a good moult. Delectable is coming back into work, although first we have to persuade her that the new play area is not in fact a highly dangerous vulture trap!! Pioneer, (Stellers) is doing really well now and much more focused. The baby Tawny Eagle is perfectly lovely manners wise at the moment and a particularly beautiful colour.

We have a Hobby that I am training, which would be easier if it did not hate the dogs and we have retired Storm Force and are training a new Buzzard which I would love to get to soar, we also have a new male Kestrel who was supposed to be in an aviary, but was horrid to Flame so he will have to work instead!

The grass is growing, so are the weeds, the pond is slowly slowly filling up again and the tadpoles are proliferating. I think we have no fish in the pond after the big freeze, so there is nothing to eat the tadpoles, so we will probably have a frog explosion, but I think they are toads as I did not see any frog-spawn in the pond, we will see. And to add to my day Aster has not only eaten a whole 500 gram packet of Joint Aid for dogs so I phoned the company to see if I should worry and they said no, she might have a runny tummy. Well she has made damn sure she will have because then she polished of my plastic bottle of cod liver oil tablets!! That should do the trick! I can't wait to see the kitchen floor in the morning, oh goody!

I had some nicer pictures put on here but bloody google has played around with this programme and now putting photos on is a nightmare - I repeat SOFTWARE PEOPLE are the pits. LEAVE STUFF ALONE WILL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The trailer has been sign written, it looks good we think, I am very pleased with it, so it matches the Landrover and should look great in the arena at the Bath and West Agricultural Show at the end of this month




















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Hello

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.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHZGQ8i8AwI

HC

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