October 2019 – Aviculture

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8 Nov 2019

Our Head of Species Manager, Chrissie, reflects on October

Before we reflect on October we want to thank our 2019 intern, Amy, who has been fundamental in the rearing of our corncrakes and other avicultural work across the reserve. Amy has now finished her time at Pensthorpe and will be moving on to the WWT before heading off to work at Sylvan Heights Bird Park in North Carolina, where Alex, our warden of four years, is also now working. We thank Amy and Alex for their hard work and dedication and wish them luck on their journey!

Photo of Alex our warden of four years: photography by Julia Rafferty 

Maintenance to our enclosures is vital and must be conducted on an annual basis. Our attention most recently turned to the refurbishment of the Wader Aviary, and to allow this process to happen we had to temporarily relocate the birds. It may sound like a logistical nightmare but it actually provides a great opportunity to health-check them all. Thanks to a great relationship we have with a cockleshell company, we receive a generous donation of cockleshells, which are perfect for our waders, and we use local reed to build bearded reedling areas alongside planted reed, which the birds like the perch on.

Lots of visitors are eager to see the flamingo chick and we’re pleased to report that it’s doing really well. At just over five weeks old it has more than doubled in size thanks to excellent care from two very doting parents. We will be sure to keep an even closer eye on this new addition as the winter temperatures start to drop.