Friday, 10 November 2017
Well yesterday was glorious, my favourite autumn weather, a frost in the morning, the first proper one for I can't remember when and then beautiful sunny weather. All the birds flew well, Pippa's Saker finally went loose and now has a name, although I can't remember it right now! Faraday is as temperamental as ever, but looking very smart. The new Lesser Kestrels are settling, and the King Vultures like being closer to the visitors. Sadly Karis is showing his age and we are a little worried about him. I would hate to lose him as he has been such a very special falcon for many years. The weather today however has been rather less than glorious, which is probably a good thing as we had all morning in the Board meeting.

I have been doing work on my computer, although I have to say that we have just moved over to Windows 365, do I like it no, am I stuck with it - probably, but I do not enjoy these changes. They always cause me problems and it is emphatically NOT the same as whatever Windows I was using.

I am always told that the new version of what we are using is better, but generally I do not agree. Its the same as supermarkets changing the layout of the shops, it does NOT encourage me to buy more, in fact I have never been back to Morrisons since they did it. I like to know where things are, it saves time and frustration and the same goes for computers.

Looking at the news recently I have to say it seems to have gone beyond a joke with all these people being accused of sexually harrasing women. So someone touched your knee, so what? The only good thing I can see coming out of it is that it should reduce the population as men are going to end up terrified to approach women, so that may be a good thing as there are far too many of us anyway.

We planted 1000 daffodil bulbs last week and 250 bluebells, 200 aliums, tulips, fratileries and just have the hyacinths to go. The place is going to look amazing in the spring and summer..

Fingers crossed that Briza might be pregnant, she was sexually harrasted by a very handsome boy dog and we might just get puppies in January which would be great and there is a chance that one might be yellow not black!

The first Owl Evening is coming up on Saturday and we have made some changes to the evening which will I hope improve them to the benefit of the visitors coming on them. We still have a few places left so book up as they are great fun and our new Great Grey Owl Hoxton will be on some of them.

Adam has promised me that I can start to do some work on my beautiful Morris Minor, I want to get the brakes less scary and it would be nice to stop it vibrating so much that the rear view mirror is not helpful! Just need to find the time to do it. Which is not easy here and I leave on the 17th for the big SAVE meeting in Bangladesh.

And on that note, the first six captive vultures in Nepal were successfully released which is excellent news, here is hoping that they do well and survive to start breeding, they are old enough to do so.


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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