Saturday, 6 April 2013
What a turn up for the books, today after weeks of bitterly cold wind and generally grey and cold weather – although very dry, today has been glorious and literally almost warm by the afternoon. Yesterday was bitter and very windy, although the day before was even worse and you could see that the birds were getting fed up with it, and apart from the Kites not flying quite as well the last four days. However today they all had a field day. I was particularly pleased with Pleiades (female Tawny Eagle) whom I thought might be lazy today with no wind, but she was a star and loved the warm and even managed to find a little bit of lift, I came out of the flying ground with a big grin. Fortina too was first class today and was gaining height even though she was the last bird of the day.
Yesterday was an interesting day. It was hectic to start with and we were short of flyers for the first demonstration because of an experience day and the wind, so I reckoned that Hare should be the right weight and could do his first demonstration of the year. He was the last bird, so started at about 11.45, and finally came down again at about 2.30. While he was in one of the many trees that he sat in that day, Sally came over the radio and mentioned that there was a car on fire in the car park. And it was most certainly on fire, in fact quite dramatic. We were worried that the petrol tank would go up and cause some damage. Luckily the poor family who owned the car had literally just arrived and so they were out of the car and safe. The fire engine arrived and all was put out, although the car was not a pretty sight. I spoke to the family a bit later and I would like to make a comment about the Prudential Insurance Company with whom they were insured. The husband phoned the company and bear in mind that at this point anyone would be shocked and stressed. The pratt on the other end of the phone said that they had to have the policy number, and he pointed out that the policy was in the car which had burnt. Eventually the insurance company woman hung up on him!!! Now I think that is disgraceful, surely insurance companies train their staff to cope with stressed and upset people and if they don’t, they bloody well ought to. I would like to bet that if you phoned your company and said that you wanted to insure another car, and just gave them your address they would find you with ease!! So be warned – don’t use the Prudential, they are not a pleasant or professional company in our opinion. Good job I was not on the end of the phone or I would have ripped them up hill and down dale!
Green Flag on the other hand collected the car before we had even closed, so they get brownie points. The rest of the day went OK, although it was cold and windy to the bitter end.
The baby Verreaux’s Eagle is doing very well and growing nicely. His or her parents are now rearing a baby Bald Eagle and doing a wonderful job. The chick which was with the Steller’s recovered from being cold and upset and on Tuesday we tried it with the Verreaux’s. It was a risk, but one that we felt worthwhile. They had had a Steppe’s Eagle egg last year, but the chick vanished. However this chick was large enough that they could learn how to care for it. They brooded it the first day, although they did better once we had removed the goose egg. The second day Holly watched the parents on the nest ledge and the male was feeding himself and the chick was trying to feed, then the female started to eat and the chick moved to her and each time she pulled a bit of rat off for herself, the chick took it, so after a few minutes she got the idea and was offering the food to the chick. It is an amazing thing to watch them learn and bodes really well for next year. We were all delighted.
My baby Savigny’s Eagle Owl is doing well, he is called Coll, the theme being British Islands, although some of my staff insist on calling him Collin, however they will grow out of it. And I like to point out that names are very important. I believe that if you have stupid or careless names it shows a lack of respect for the birds. We try to make sure that the birds have nice names that suit them and show them the proper respect that they deserve.
We are in a lull on hatching, just waiting for the next batch to arrive. Hopefully the new mincer which I have just bought, will arrive in time to be useful with feeding chicks. Although we have been having to chop up food for some of the injured wild birds as well. More have arrived in, roll on the weather change, so that the wild birds can have a chance at recovery.



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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.
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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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