Sunday, 27 April 2014

Its a grey weekend, the flashes of sunshine make everything look so wonderful, but the grey is a little dismal I have to say.

Shasta is enormous!! We are now taking bets on how many puppies she is going to produce, she is not due until May 6th or 7th, I have the British Raptor Fair on the 4th and 5th and you can guarantee that she decides to produce on one of those days. I come back each night, but I really don't want to miss the first litter of puppies for 13 years!!! Mark has made me a really smart whelping box which is by my desk in the office, but right now Sorrel is flat out in it!!


Jimmy has got Rhombic Knight (White-tailed Sea-eagle) going again, it is nice to see him flying well. John has a new baby Eurasian Eagle Owl called Storm - the theme this year is weather, she is going to be a big girl!!! Helen is going to train a new Barn Owl to come to buzzers, it is weighing in at 37 grams at the moment, so there is a way to go. Mark is flying his Aplomado again which is lovely to see, it will be interesting to see how he develops. Holly has just hatched our third Verreaux's Eagle who is doing very well and Adam has put a webcam on the baby Burrowing Owls, who at this minute are just all scrunching up against the Asian Brown Wood Owl because they have been fed, but it is chaos when it gets towards feeding time - you can see it on the front page of the website - its a real time waster though, so be warned.


At the moment the killing of birds of prey in Scotland is completely out of control, the landowners apparently have gone back to the Victorian times and are happy to poison, trap or shoot anything with a hooked beak. A huge lack of understanding still lives on there with closed minds refusing to learn and understand. However here is a huge news topic (TV/newspapers) in the Highlands about the spate of raptor persecution (poisoning of about 20 birds to date including red kites and buzzards). Probably the most useful thing to have happened was that it was originally blamed on the farmers. The local farmers are incandescent about being blamed, mainly, we think, because they suspect from whence the poisonings come! They (NFU Scotland) are screaming at Police Scotland for not investigating with more vigour and for not having found and prosecuted the perpetrators to date. There is a £27,000 reward being offered. All one can hope is that this time the guilty parties are not only found, but the Procurator Fiscals in Scotland start to treat these crimes in the way they should instead of brushing them under the carpet.
The gardens are looking lovely at the moment, Rob is doing a great job, sadly the rain for the third year has not made my tree Peony very happy once it flowered.



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


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