November is always the calm after the storm here at Muncaster (although the rain never stops!!). We have the busy Halloween week then visitor numbers just flat-line as all the schools are back and people on holiday return to work. It’s a very odd transition from carrying out two flying displays daily in front of hundreds of visitors to one display a day to mainly a handful of visitors during the week. However it does mean that that we can get done those maintenance jobs that need getting stuck into.

Hail on the cannon bank

A lot of the birds are rested now for the season and have worked tremendously hard over the year. Linford and Christie our Burrowing owls finished their season by doing a wedding flying display for a lovely couple who got married in the castle on Saturday. They’re such great little birds and we’d be lost without them. They even flew to the bride and groom and much to my relief did not poo on the bride’s dress!

We still have most of our owls flying daily and in training for our winter ‘Owls By Moonlight’ evening displays. These are beautiful demonstrations; one in the Old Rose Garden then you walk around the illuminated castle and gardens up to the Meadow for another display. The evening is very magical and I’d love it if I could sit back and watch with the audience myself.

We’ve had a very colourful character here at Muncaster; our wildlife pond has had a Kingfisher sticking around for the past couple of weeks and fishing off the bridge. An absolutely stunning bird to see, fingers crossed he or she (haven’t managed to get a close enough look to sex it yet) sticks around long term.

That’s about it for this quiet month, until the next one…