Friday, 19 June 2015
Yorkley new, very beautiful Great Horned Owl up his first tree!
I have a new computer, I know I will get to like it, but the nightmare is always the same with a change of computers. Because things have changed I can't find a damn thing and because we get later up to date versions of programmes, which the software people have improved (I use that term very loosely) half of the bloody stuff doesn't work. Its because of glitches - how do they get away with selling something that has a glitch!! Would you accept a new washing machine with a glitch, or a car - oh sorry the brakes didn't work, its a bit of a glitch that we are trying to sort out, but we thought we'd sell it to you anyway!!!!!!!! And while we are on the subject of washing machines why do the programmes have to be so ridiculously long - three hours to do a bloody wash!!! I could send the damn stuff to India and get in back again in the time it takes to do eight washes!!!  It is I assume that all electronic machines are not supposed to be so powerful and thus save energy - having it on for three hours to do one wash is NOT saving energy!!!!

Hummmmmmmmm I feel better now!  

The weather has been glorious, I love waking to sunshine coming through my window, better than those bloody may/june bugs that come in and force

Not a normal chick for us!

me out of bed with their behaviour! The birds are enjoying it, it means some very high flying with some of the falcons. Gazelle did a 25 minutes demonstration yesterday which did not end up in our flying ground, which is not good. He was much better today, miles up, but obedient. We are just getting the female White-tailed Sea Eagle going again, I am looking forward to seeing her fly. She was the lady who did a three day flying demonstration and chased all the other birds that we were flying during the day and so we had to do it all indoors while she was out! Hopefully she will be better this time around, although I have to say she did look pretty impressive on my chimney pots.

I am not sure I will be completely ready to fly in September!
The ponds in the flying ground for the Brahminy Kites 
are coming along, we hope to finish the first one by the end of the week. The other one is dug and needs Mark to start putting in the levels for the Concrete, I hope that one will be done by the end of next week, then the fun begins!!

The new pipe from the road to the lower pond in finally in, the last pipe arrived about half an hour ago and is in and being covered up as I write. This means that with that and the new drainage system which is also nearly done, I need to go and get some grass seed and reseed all the bare bits, I will get that done next week. Then it is the changes in the Hawk Walk and then the roof. Phew!

The baby Condor is growing apace and is ridiculously tame and friendly, the baby Turkey Vulture is
I on the other hand am bound to be ready!
also growing apace and is not as ridculously tame and friendly, but we are working on it. The baby Hooded Vulture is wonderful and so all in all we should be well ready for Vulture Awareness Day which is the first day of the Falconry Weekend (September 5th and 6th), don't forget to come to the weekend, it will be fun.

I have a baby Tengmalm's Owl, also known as a Boreal Owl, he is very small, very dark and a little introverted, hopefully he will get braver as time goes on, but he is very charming

The labradors are enjoying the weather and when ever they get too hot they just go for a swim in the ponds, I am not convinced that the ducks and moorhens appreciate them, but they love it. 

Oh and remembering my new computer problems, Office professional does not have any card games!!! Woe is me, no solitaire while I am waiting for things to happen, damn it. I can't believe it is nearly mid summer, those heavenly dark blue skys in the evening are the colour I want for a dress one day.......................


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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