8.30am. I eagerly listen to Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2. The mystery guest may be someone from the RSPB this morning. It all depends on whether or not they could find a ladybird expert with an interesting job title!
8.45am. I give up and go to collect the truck. Corncrake food aboard.
9am. Feed and water the corncrake chicks. There’s lots of tweeting in the aviaries this morning. Invisible tweets. Back to base to do huge amounts of washing up.
11.30am. I pop to Whittlesey town centre and purchase a few more large plastic square tubs. For the waxmoth caterpillars and their honey and oat mix.
1pm. A quick trip to the High Wash, to check on the decoy males. They are fine. I even got a blurred glimpse of Green Beans as he shot away from his aviary door at the speed of light.
1.30pm. To the barn to staple roof felting to our freshly repaired aviary tables. This makes the tables waterproof, so the food beneath doesn’t get soggy from the rain. And I also have the tables from the aviaries of the released corncrakes. They were covered in corncrake poo. A good scrub with disinfectant did the job.
3pm. I go to the northern aviaries (I haven’t used these yet, all the corncrake chicks have been in the southern aviaries so far) and place a table in each of five aviaries.
4pm. Its time to feed the chicks in the southern aviaries.
The seven chicks that arrived on Monday are eating very little from their dishes. It may be that they are too shy or nervous to approach the area near the door. So I keep throwing plenty of mealworms around their aviaries. I know they are there as I hear them tweeting. Where else could they be if not? Well if there was the slightest hole that I didn’t see on my reckie of the aviaries, a stoat could get in and take little time demolishing the chicks. While the chicks are tiny wee fuzzy dots, even a rat could too.
4.45pm I put the truck to bed. Its too rainy wet to survey tonight.
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