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Staff Blog 2nd July 2014

URPRISINGLY, BEING TUCKED away on pretty farmland hidden somewhere in glorious Kent does have its downsides. The office is quite far off the beaten track, which means the Cage & Aviary Birds team rarely receive visitors. However, this week our luck changed and we were treated to two special guests, funnily enough, not of the human variety.

Thanks to the lovely people at the Sky Bird of Prey Display Team, based in Hextable, Kent, my colleague Laura Keens (the one who you send your Club News to) and I spent an evening with a seven-week-old great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) and a great horned owl (Bubo virginianus). Many post-it notes went up in the air as the great grey took a shine to our picture cabinets and repeatedly flew across the room to explore. Shortly followed, I might add, by his shadow: the great horned owl.

Both will be trained up by the family-run display team for flying demonstrations and educational visits later in the year. Check out their website: www.skybirdsofprey.co.uk  This week, Fred Wright suggests ways of tackling an old budgerigar problem that seems to always lurk around the corner: French moult. Find out how Fred kicks it out of his birdroom on page 12.

Also, falconer Graham Wellstead turns his attention to world-class songsters and gives a run down of his favourites (see page 14), which of course includes the melodious nightingale. If you’d like to share your own songster shortlist, get in touch at the usual address or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rob returns next week.

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