Tuesday, 11 March 2014
A cold easterly wind was coming up the field today, that means that the poor visitors are chilly watching the demonstrations, but that the flying is generally wonderful, and it was. All the falcons did well, as did the buteos, but the most exciting without a doubt was Benbecula, Pioneer's baby brother Steller's Sea Eagle. He was just having a whale of a time and so were we watching him. Holly videoed him on her phone and he was up for over three minutes, it was a joy to watch, mind you I was not quite so sure when Jimmi excitedly said at the end of the demonstration that he would have left him up longer but did not have the balls!
We got Hare out today, he would have loved this wind too, however he has to come back to his flying weight and needs one new tail feather before he can have his telemetry mount put on. We also have to completely imp the new Saker who has a dreadful tail.
Sedge is well, we put some wire mesh round the sides of the cart to make them higher and now he is able to stay in that all day and be wheeled around for coffee, lunch if we are outside and even down to the flying ground if it is not too cold. He seems to enjoy it and can stretch out
I can't work out if he is getting the ability to pee himself or I am getting better at helping him, it may be a bit of both. I would like to point out though that I rarely let anyone crap on me, and the last time was the executive director and the Board of directors at the South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey, and that was not through choice, but then they are a bunch of idiots anyway. Sedge on the other hand has done so at least three times in the last few days, however I can honestly say that I prefer him doing it!!! We are getting through about six to eight towels a day. And they are not coming to fix the washing machine until Friday, the only excuse I can think of is that a lot of them must go wrong!!! I have been told he will be turning up sometime between 8.00am and 6.00pm - now that is an incredibly useful bit of information. Don't you just love it!
Apart from the cold it has been dry - hooray, and spring is definitely abounding. Leaves are showing, birds are singing, bulbs are coming up and my Magnolia is going to flower for the first time.



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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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