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“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

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  1. Gezza

     /  October 4, 2017

    Another sunny day appears to be on the cards for North Welly.
    Accompanied by a currently robust & occasionally determined Norwesterly zephyr.
    There appears to be an avian new hi-rise appartment construction project underway in a tree outside my kitchen window.
    Unable to determine at this stage whether the construction worker is a blackbird hen or a thrush.
    Further developments may be reported as events unfold.
    That is all.
    Ends.
    0816 hours.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 4, 2017

      Gorgeous day here, too.

      The insructions arrived, thank you.

      Waxeyes are shovelling tangeloes down their necks on the bird table-any possum coming along later may be disappointed. If I find skins and holders scattered, I will know that one has and has,

      PDT-Particularly Dreary Twerp. Or shouild that be Pitiful Dreary Twit ?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 4, 2017

        Does the construction worker wolf whistle as chicks go by ?

        • Gezza

           /  October 4, 2017

          I’m hoping it’s the song thrush – have to check out what they look like. It’s the first bird up in the morning & its repertoire of tweets & whistles is instantly recogniseable & stunning to hear – actually I can hear it now.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 5, 2017

            They look sweet, with funny conceited faces I have them in my garden.-it’s a real bird haven for reaons unknown. Thrushes, kingfishers, blackbirds, waxeyes, moreporks, tuis, sparrows (2 kinds), goldfinches, chaffinches, swallows, rosellas, fantails, mynahs (unwelcome), grey warblers, wood pigeons…not all of them all the time, of course. Peasants across the road, pooks and quails nearby, herons, dux, geese,spoonbills and plovers fly over. I have probably forgotten some of the visitors and passer-overs…but there were white herons for ages. At one time, we would be inundated with turkeys every morning.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 5, 2017

            The odd shining cuckoo appears, too-I thought that they were odd-looking thrushes. This area is bird heaven.

            • Gezza

               /  October 5, 2017

              at one time we would be inundated with turkeys every morning.
              That used to happen here at YnZ too, when I first started posting over a year ago. Now there’s only a couple, thank goodness. (No names though.)

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  October 5, 2017

              hahhahahaha !

              We had 10, I think, and all of them would saunter down the road, often ten abreast, not caring if there was anyone driving behind them who might want to go faster than a turkey. They first appeared in a row on next door’s gate, and would amble up our path. One got his foot stuck between two fence slats and hung there flapping and carrying on until my husband was able to free him. All our fault, of course. They ended up making such nuisances of themselves that they were moved to another part of the farm. We missed them. There are few funnier sights than a turkey leaping up and down, frantically trying to reach the guavas across the road when all the low ones had gone-they were addicted to these.

    • Gezza

       /  October 4, 2017

      Woohoo – Mama Fawny Duck (dunno what breed she’ll be) just tugboated on down the stream, supervising her 6 little spotted ducklings as they zipped all over the stream – & Tameiti Te Tuna turned up!

      Rushed down the bank, narrowly avoided a horrible death by drowning after slipping & falling head first into a large rock (by not slipping & falling etc). With a bit of luck might have some vid footage – the wind’s rippling the stream surface up something terrible though – & he’s a zippy little beggar, hard to capture him in clear water before he slips into the shade or the rippley parts.

      Tame’s 2 foot 6 maybe? Smaller than Elvis (3 feet) & Ella (4 feet). He rippled on up underneath Fawny & the kids but left them alone, turned round & headed back up Porirua way. He’s too small to be a danger to the ducklings.

      Elvis was here last night but Fawny’s still got the same six ducklings she had yesterday so he’s probably not predating them either.

      I think maybe Ella is. Her visits seem to be accompanied by duckling numbers decreases. Must check this out.

      All these eels seem as keen to come right up to the bank several times to check me out. They respond to being addressed. They’ll be yummy as smoked, but man they are amazing fish to watch close up.

      One of the two young Maori dudes who re-moss-proofed my roof last week reckoned they are pulling 6-7 footers out of the Porirua Estuary at the moment so the waterways must be in pretty good nick here.

      • Pickled Possum

         /  October 4, 2017

        Evening Gez
        Thats why you can see the bottom of your strean. Eels eat all the shite up. My mum put an eel in our water tank, we cried butt Mum it poops!
        Harden up cry babies its betta than mozzy’s breeding up. Yeck!!
        Can’t talk really, in summer we used go up an swim in it!

        • Gezza

           /  October 4, 2017

          Yep – sounds right Possum. Both the eels & the ducks graze the bottom, eating moss & other nutrients I guess. The Mallards, Greys & Hybrids are all “Dabbling Ducks”, meaning they don’t dive & swim around underwater for food (like the pied & black shags pI see here do). They just upend themselves, head-down-bum-up, for a few seconds.

          Although they do sometimes dive right underneath the water & surface several feet away when they do their daily scrub up.

          The pookies swim in deeo water but don’t dive. They’ll stand and stab at small fish or insects in the water though.

          Fawny Duck just very bravely drove a pooky away from her ducklings. The big pooks will actually kill & eat them if they can get one away from mum.

  2. phantom snowflake

     /  October 4, 2017

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 4, 2017

      Ha ! and the young ones today think that the stuff they play is music ! All made on a machine….

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 4, 2017

        …can’t tell one piece fom another….

    • Pickled Possum

       /  October 4, 2017

      Geez that was great!!