We’ve had a few more rescue birds brought in over the last few weeks. A young little owl chick that was found on the floor, who’s not far from fledging. An adult tawny owl which was skinny and needing feeding up. And a jackdaw with a broken wing. Hopefully all of them will be released back into the wild when they’re ready.
We then opened the aviary door with the two tawny owl chicks in. And over night they had flown into the woods!!!
Tawny Owl Chicks arrive at the Rutland Wildlife Centre – 1 MAY 2021
Update – 8 MAY 2021
The Tawny Owl chicks have been tweezer fed over the last few weeks and have now started eating on their own.
They are being kept off show from the public so they will be returned to the wild as soon as they are strong enough.
Update – 14 MAY 2021
Both chicks are still doing well. They are no longer being tweezer fed as they have started eating on their own.
A lot more of their primary flight feathers are showing now and they have started to lose some of their fluffy feathers on their faces.
We’ve moved them into a larger create now so that they have room to climb and start stretching their wings.
Update – 30 MAY 2021
Both of the chicks are doing really well. The flight feathers are nearly fully developed and they have started doing short flights. With the warmer weather they will soon be going into a pre release aviary where they can strengthen their flying muscles and gain so fitness before they go back into the wild.
At the centre there is an ever increasing diversity in flora an fauna to delight all ages.
The wild bird, animal and plant species to be found within the varied habitats of the centre include the familiar such as blue tits, rabbits and bluebells . . . but as the ecology of this habitat has strengthened we have seen more scarce species making an appearance.
The addition of nesting boxes, for instance, meant that Treecreepers, Wrens, Robins and wild Tawny Owls as well as pipistrelle bats have been recorded not to mention the resident blue, Great and importantly Coal and Marsh Tits.
In the plant world there have been literally hundreds of species recorded and there has even been a survey conducted on moths found at the centre.
ANCIENT WOODLANDS have not been artificially planted, they have developed naturally and continuously for 300-400 years or more.
The diverse eco-systems from these woods form an integral part of England’s Heritage which are protected and regulated by law from the impact serious disturbance would leave on irreplaceable habitat.
If you have an appreciation of nature at its best, if you are open to experiencing the floor to canopy wonders that may be found for yourself – please join us.
RFOC offers the opportunity ~ we would argue ~ to take an unrivalled and enduring photographic record of your visit.