Monday, 2 July 2012

We had a lovely weekend, weather wise and customer wise, they were really nice and very appreciative, which makes for a much easier and more fun demonstration. Last week we seemed to have one good day for audiences and then one bad one where they did not show any signs of enjoyment!! I am sure they did have a good time, but it certainly was hard to tell!.

We have just had a nice surprise, the Long-eared Owls have a chick!! It was very unexpected as we had had infertile eggs for a couple of years, but this year they have done it, and there is an approximately 10 day old Long-eared Owl baby with them. Only one, but they have done a great job and it bodes well for next year, we are delighted and it gives us a new species bred here as well.

The weather now is rubbish, grey and raining, not good for Wimbledon sadly, and not good for us either, I had hoped that July would bring better weather.

Eager as a young Long Eared Owl
The two baby Yellow-billed Kites are coming on, they are sitting on the fist and taking food, the young Tawny Eagle female is starting to fly A frame to A frame with more confidence, although she needs to come down a little in weight I think. She is hooding now, she doesn’t like it much but is taking it fairly well. Holly will start with the young Grey Buzzard Eagle soon, Chris has taken his and it will be interesting to see how they do. We are still amazed that the pair have gone down on eggs again having fully reared the first clutch.

The merlins are doing well, and the second clutch due to hatch soon and we also have baby Snowy Owls under mum right now.

Adam and I will be starting on Charlie’s website in the next month, there is no hurry as the Centre in Duncombe will not be open for at least three months I suspect. The website will be a part of our new one to start with, and then we will see where to go after a couple of years, when I suspect the new website will need an overhaul anyway.

Dawn Run on Photo day
I think my washing machine is dying, it is not behaving as it should and I suspect it is not going to be with us for much longer. Still it has had a tough life with dog beds, my stuff and bird towels as well!!

The gardens are looking wonderful at the moment, this damp weather is meaning that everything is growing really well after the very dry year we had last year. Of course that also means that the weeds are growing well and as for the grass, well I think we may be able to make hay out of the overflow car park!!! That is if ever we get hay making weather.



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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