Thursday, 18 February 2010

A Rewarding Day

Days like this make it all worthwhile. This morning we had a visit from the Kilpatrick School for Children with Special Needs. Although some were wheelchair bound, it was such a good feeling to see their reaction to meeting the birds, especially when they got to see the small owls up close, and were able to touch them. We even persuaded one of the carers to get closer than she wanted, it was worth it in the end. It was a good start to the day.

Coco, the Harris' Hawk, was on duty again on a Hawk Walk. It started cold and overcast, then cleared up to be a pleasant day. Very enjoyable being out in the fresh air in such great countryside. Coco was going like a rocket, as usual. He always lets you know if you are taking too long, we got the odd nudge on the head from his wing.

The "On-Line Shop" has proved to be worth the time taken to set it up. Now, bookings for activities can be made and paid for, instantly. On a few occassions in the past, we have taken bookings in good faith, only to be disappointed when the party does not turn up. This is even more frustrating if we have turned down other parties for that day.

The Education visits are proving very popular. Another two bookings in today for a nursery and a primary school. These are good fun, not only for the kids, but for me and the birds. Again, it is the expression on the faces of the youngsters when they see a real live owl.

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