Saturday 14th May 2011
Hopeful signs of new life are popping up everywhere now. We have three Tropical Screech Owls so far in the Owl Garden; The Great Grey Owls in the Main Display have owlets. They have been confirmed through sightings from David the Collection Manager as well as Kirsten one of our regular volunteers. The Chaco Owls have three owlets which are branching out in the tree in their aviary. There are hopeful signs in the Tengmalm’s Owls in the Breeding Ground. They are taking a significant amount of extra food every day. If they have bred, this will be a first for the World Owl Trust. Another potential breeding pair which continues to ‘intrigue’ is the Pearl-spotted Owlets in the Owl Garden. The female is still in the box; the eggs are well overdue. We will have to keep our fingers crossed on this one.
It would appear that the African Spotted Eagle Owls in the Main Display have youngsters as well. The female has been observed feeding ‘something’ in the nest box.
Not all the news has been good however, our breeding pair of Ferruginous Pygmy Owls in the Breeding Ground may have owlets, but the female had an altercation with the male which resulted in extensive damage to the male’s wing with no likelihood of the male being able to recover from this. Unfortunately he had to be euthanized. This species is notorious for mates being killed by their partners. This just goes to show that you can’t take anything for granted. Even so, we were looking forward to another successful year with this species.
On a different subject, I have been busy promoting the World Owl Trust Benefits Gig this week. I have notified all the papers and even managed to get a slot on Kevin Fernihough’s programme on BBC Radio Cumbria. The headline act will be former Lindisfarne front man Billy Mitchell, who will be joined by a few of his friends from his Lindisfarne days in the Billy Mitchell Band. The supporting act will be one of Cumbria’s finest; the Olly Alcock Band from Carlisle. Check this link out to see Billy and his band performing ‘Shiftin’ to the Toon’ on Youtube here
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