Feeding Time

I spent an hour watching the treecreepers feeding their chicks today and in that hour they brought food 30 times. So if they start feeding at say 6am and feed till 6pm that’s 360 food trips every day. If they have 6 chicks thats 60 feeds per chick every day for the 20 days till they fledge!!!!
And we think one trip to the supermarket a week is a pain!
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Owl Box Update

Earlier in the year we put up two owl boxes for the tawny owls we have in the area and I’m happy to say we have chicks in one of them!!!

Unfortunately they’re great tit chicks!! They certainly have gone for the executive suite.

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However the owls have nested in the same place as last year and we found two chicks braving the strong winds yesterday.

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I’m On TV

If you’re in the UK check out the Channel 5 Series next week Monday to Thursday at 7pm called Wild Animal Rescue as they are featuring a couple of my videos!!! Look out for red deer rutting and a baby woodpecker.

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Blood, Sweat and Deers

Each year when deer grow their new antlers they are covered in a downy velvet which supplies nutrients and blood flow to the growing antlers below. Come the Autumn the antlers are fully grown and the deer will scratch or rub them against trees and rocks to remove the velvet and reveal the antlers ready for the rutting season.

This young Sika deer was probably showing off his first set of antlers this week and although it does look painful it’s probably little more than an itch he needed to scratch.

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Between March and May next year he will cast these antlers and begin to grow a new pair. Cast antlers are a great source of calcium and minerals for other animals.

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