Monday, 9 February 2015
A week into being open as a Charity, and being charitable seems to be working so far,  its wonderful when people are prepared to pay a little extra and give us Gift Aid. Which is very special I have to say. The weekend was great, on Saturday we had a grey over cast day, but still a goodly number of visitors and all went OK. Sunday was a delight, a frosty to start the day and then sunny all the way through and by the afternoon it was like spring, clear, sunny, warm, birds singing, just amazing. Once the sun went down the temperature plummeted and this morning we had another heavy frost but another amazing day. Far less busy today but then it was a Monday. But Rob even had the chance to mow lawns!!!
Its been a difficult time with the dogs, the poor pups have had a bad time. Agapanthus has the second of two operations on his front legs to try and help his elbows, and so is very lame and sorry for himself. Then last week I was backing the golf cart out of the shed, and caught Nightshade between the cart and the door frame  and fractured off her epiphyseal plate. Growth plate at the top of the femur on her back leg.  It was my fault, which of course made me feel dreadful. She was at our local vet within half an hour on Tuesday for X-rays, stayed there over night and then David Morton helped me by driving her and me down to Bristol to the referral vets where they have reattached the epiphyseal plate with pins and I collected her  on Friday. Now she has to be quiet and resting for 6 weeks, which is be a nightmare as she is already feeling better and wants to be moving fast! They were thinking that she might have to have a hip replacement, but I am glad the primary surgery worked as the hip replacement is really expensive. Hopefully if I can keep them both quiet for the six weeks, they will both be able to run around and annoy people at Easter. 
We have our first two chicks of the year two Grey Buzzard Eagles,  with the Griffon Vulture hatching at the moment, the new incubation room is working well and the brooder room too. Its really nice to be able to go in there and have some space, rather than be cramped, and its lovely to have chicks again and be able to show them to the visitors. 
The snowdrops are coming out, the wild daffodils and showing and although there is probably another five weeks of winter, spring is sort of on its way!
My Red Kite is finally beginning to get to where I want her in terms of flying, the falcons are doing really well, although my female Merlin Windward is moulting a few of her back feathers and they look more like she might be a he, not a she!! Benbecula is flying well as is the new Verreaux's Eagle, Aurora! Mark's African Hawk Eagle is on a different planet from the rest of us and the owls are just coming back on line for the last two Owl Evenings which are fully booked up.



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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