Some days it has been so wet and windy it is hard to get the owls out of their aviaries. When it is really rough I leave them in peace and quiet; in the wild they would stay put in a sheltered spot and wait for the weather to pass so it’s quite natural for them – just like we like to stay where we are warm and dry, and watch the rain pour down. On those days I will spend some time standing with each of them, having a chat and giving them their food.
Victor still hasn’t made a sound but the other three hoot, screech and chirrup joining in the conversation! Victor contributes through expression, his eyelids are the best and he winks and blinks – maybe it’s a kind of owl morse code…I will decipher it one day. He is getting more confident when he is taken out, and much more interested in looking around rather than staring at me with a rather shocked expression!
Here we are sheltering in the ‘spare’ aviary during a heavy shower – spare as in it is supplying the spare parts needed for the new aviaries and will soon be taken down completely. We removed the door and front panel just a few days ago for the new, better and stronger aviaries – fingers crossed finished this week – wow!!!
Victor really likes my shed. The first time he went in to be weighed was the first time I had seen him take a real notice of his surroundings – he had a good look around, visibly relaxed and happily looked out of the window while I made a cup of tea.
I think he must have been in a shed with his previous owners at some point, as he loves it in there every time now.
My brother and his lovely girls bought me an Owl Advent calendar – Victor loved it too!
It gets a bit chilly in the field while spending time with Victor, so I decided to go for a walk around and see who else was about at the farm.
We visited Pete – who was out, but Victor liked the look of the caravan.
So then we went down to the yard to see if my brother was about, though forgot that is was nearly 3pm so he would be doing the school run picking up his girls. Victor quite liked the old cartwheel by his back door and I couldn’t resist making the most of this photo opportunity.
Soon Victor is going to be guest of honour, with Peanut, at the Lankelly Rugby Club junior’s Xmas party. This will be Victor’s first public appearance since he came to live with me so it is very exciting. I am making him new anklets and jesses [or furniture to use the correct term] especially for the occasion, so he will look very smart and I am sure he will impress everyone there, blinking quietly in his way.
Time to put Victor back and feed the owls.