Tuesday, 24 July 2012
The sun is out, it is warm, actually its hot!!! I suspect every farmer has cut their fields for hay, we have had the overflow car park cut for hay, so now we are all praying that the weather holds long enough to turn it, bale it and bring it in dry!! That would be wonderful and save me a fortune buying in hay. We are going to help Mark in return for doing it for us – I have kindly volunteered the staff for bale hauling!! Art is going really really well, he and I seem to be beginning to understand each other, of course he goes much better for Jules, but we are getting there.

We have grounded Fer de Lance (White-tailed Sea-eagle) she needed a break anyway, and after her sojourn in the field, she was less interested in work! My Tawny Eagle is coming on and Mark has just got his out to start work, plus we have the new Grey Buzzard Eagle that Holly is training, and John is going to start with Pioneer again, ready for the winter and for the Falconry Weekend.

Ara the baby Lesser Kestrel is doing very well, and my baby sparrowhawk jumped to the fist twice yesterday!!! And he is not even full grown. So all the birds are doing well, and as for Karis, well the stoops on the last three days have been staggering, at least I am told they are, I did not see them!!!

My brother Nick is here from New Zealand and has been chopping things down, I would say pruning, but it is rather more aggressive than that, but he is doing an amazing job. The Bay hedge is down to manageable size now, and we can see through all the windows on the road side of the house! It was getting a little silly and very dark inside.  Of course the downside is that we are finding that a number of the windows have rotten sills, and some need replacing, however after this year, that may have to wait for a while – a long while I suspect!

Natasha is back from her work experience with Nick Fox, and is helping with various birds, Michele takes first Ara home one night and then Lyra the next night!! Her mother skypes with Lyra!!! You might get the impression that this is a mad house and you could just possibly be right.

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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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