General chat

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

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

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  1. Blazer

     /  11th January 2018


  2. Gezza

     /  11th January 2018

    My daily observations of the pukeko family over the fence continue. Pickles the pooklet has grown from a tiny, stumbling, silent baby no bigger than a hedge sparrow hen to the size of a rotund male blackbird in a week. It cheeps at the adults now.

    It looks like a little black fluffy kiwi, until it walks, when it flaps its stumpy little penguinish wings from side to side. Its legs and feet have got noticeably longer.

    Sometimes the nest is empty & Pickles has been allowed to leave the nest in the company of one of the 3 adults & womble around in the foliage, usually just out of my sight behind some bushes to the left, although when any of them scent my presence they all soon appear & come up for some wheat grains.

    Bluey, the eldest male, always goes & checks where Pickles is, and makes several high pitched calls which tell the pooklet to get into the nest or under cover. He is the most attentive & protective & is always the first to take a couple of wheat grains down thru the foliage to Pickles, when I still get the opportunity to observe the pooklet because she runs out of hiding up to the adult pooks to take the food.

    They usually hunt around down there in the bushes & find an insect or two to give Pickles at the same time. Pickles is quite strong, stronger than any other bird chicks I’ve observed of a similar young age. She already yanks determinedly on grasses & plants herself, trying to pull them out. So far unsuccessfully.

    Bluey often feeds Pickles under cover – he takes a detour to enter a side tunnel in the bushes, although if it runs out into the open to meet him he feeds it on the spot. The other two pooks eat more of the wheat themselves & only make one or two trips to feed a couple of grains to the pooklet. Bluey, on the other hand, might make four to five trips.

    The hedge sparrows have spotted this opening. As soon as he’s departed, leaving grains on the ground for his next food delivery, they’re in there, gobbling them up like nobody’s business.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  11th January 2018

    I can’t help thinking that the anti-plastic bag thing may just be a feel-good exercise. I use very few-I BYO-I have a calico bag in the laundry for the ones that I don’t want to reuse like rice and breakfast cereal bags and take them to be recycled.

    BUT what about plastic packaging ? Some can’t be reused or recycled, and, unlike plastic bags, is unlikely to be used again. The term ‘single-use’ plastic bag is misleading. I am most unlikely to be one of a very few who reuse them. Plastic bags keep things dry-they keep wet things like togs apart from dry ones. What about plastic rubbish bags ? Nobody would want to go back to stinky dustbins or paper rubbish bags-the dustmen’s job is bad enough without them having to handle naked rubbish.

    I can remember paper grocery bags-and what they were like to carry-and what happened when they were rained on and/or gave way !

    Places like the Warehouse where one has to think about having a bag have the right idea.


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