Really heavy rain today. We had a lovely Barn Owl picked up as a casualty up near the river Huntspill. I occasionally see one flying over late at night when I drive down the A38 – I wonder if it is the same one ? I expect the heavy rain over the last few days has denied it the chance to hunt. Barn Owls have especially soft feathers to give them silent flight but in wet weather the feathers will become waterlogged so they are unable to go out and hunt. This is when, in days gone by, the barns full of hay would be a
hunting place for rats and mice in the dry. With so much silage made now and often left out in the fields this food source is no longer available to the barn owls.
This one just seems to be starving and exhausted so hopefully we shall be able to feed him up and let him go again.
We have a kestrel and two sparrow hawks in at the moment and I expect they also will have been affected by the heavy rainfall.
Simon, Danni’s husband, who is running our Dartmoor Dare got caught at Salisbury Plain so he was unable to make it back for the meeting this evening to update all the brave people taking part. It was a bit short notice so sorry if we put you lot out at all. Another meeting is planned and Danni will let you know. I think you are all very brave !! If you want to know more about The Dartmoor Dare – a three day sponsored event in August walking 45 miles with no tents, toilets and on army rations – ( you’re mad! ) but you can get more details by ringing Danni or Jamie 01278 783250.