I’m not blogging very often these days I know. Apologies. Here is why…
6.30 am. Breakfast for me and my moggy. Head to the Corncrake aviaries. Prepare for release team arrival. Clean all the bird poo off chairs. Prepare foot dip bucket. Line all the biosecure wellies out in pairs. Lay nets, bird bags and paperwork out ready.
7.15 am. Drive back across the field to meet team vet Yedra and project coordinator/ringer Hannah.
7.30 am. In to the pens to catch Corncrake chicks. Twelve caught, measured, weighed, health checked. Pop two skinny ones in a brand new fresh pen. They’ll stay with me another week to hopefully fatten up. Drive the lucky ones up to their release field. In to the pens to catch another ten chicks. All also processed and released.
10.45 am. Finally the release is over. Head back to base. I’m hungry and tea-thirsty. I order 6 kilos of mealworms and 1000 waxworms (not to satisfy my hunger, honest!). I sieve all the mealworms currently in residence, to remove their poo dust. Load up the truck with mealworms, waxworms, Lundi, water, and clean dishes. Back to the aviaries I go.
12 noon. Arrive at the aviaries and work my way round replenishing all the chick feed. I also replace water feeders with nice clean ones.
1 pm. Back to base. De-poo (again) and feed all the mealworms. Wash all the dishes/pots up. Make fresh Lundi. Finally feed myself.
1.30 pm. Admin time. Updating chick data, organising a release team for next week, telephone conversation discussing chick feed/nutrition, chasing up missing wellies ordered on ebay, updating feed protocol, sending lots of Corncrake related emails.
5.30 pm. Load up the truck with chick feed, dishes and water, again. Head to the aviaries for the third time today. Feed all the naughty chicks (and the well behaved ones too) and refresh all of their water feeders. Ensure each aviary info sheet is up to date and legible. After today’s release I now have 62 chicks in my care.
6.30 pm. Back at base I put any leftover worms back to bed. Wash up all the chick dishes. Make fresh Lundi.
7 pm. Corncrake bird bag wash. More admin. More amendments to feed protocol following feedback from nutritionist. Any left over bits and bobs as I have the day off tomorrow.
9 pm. Finally finish work for today.
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