General chat

“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

     /  April 22, 2018

    Gorgeous, sunny Autumn morning in North Welly, near a stream. Was up early so went outside to see if I could catch & record an Autumn dawn chorus before the traffic & other typical daily human-derived noises started up.

    And … hardly anything. A measly first chirp from somewhere to the South, & sparse tweets & twitterings from different directions as the sky slowly started to lighten into a grey blue from 6.18 am onwards, but nothing like the explosion of joyous performances from all compass corners of Spring.

    It’s 8.50 am now. Ducks have all flown in to the stream & the pairs & singles are still sorting themselves out into couples. Once they’ve agreed on a union until the ducklings hatch, both hens & drakes will chase off other other hopeful, unattached males still looking for a G/F.

    Pooks fed. Dunnocks fed. Hedgesparrows For Africa, actually. Henrietta must’ve blabbed about her favourite restaurant. A lot more birdsong on the air now than earlier in the day. I’m happy to be living in the right country, in the right place, on the right sort of day today.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 22, 2018

      My sparrows et al are all fed and watered and the toitoi is being stripped bare again. I think that the waxeyes are returning, I am sure that I’ve seen some, so citrus fruit will be on the menu again for them.

      When I put seed out on the birdtable, it attracted mice, one of whom had the gall to stroll along in front of me, even letting me take a photo, You have to like mice.

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      • Gezza

         /  April 22, 2018

        5.45pm. Pooks nearly back to normal again. Sweety even just took some grain from between my fingers up on the fencetop, although I was only putting some down for her because she was close up & asking (She & Bluey ask by putting their beaks down to the railing, then looking up at me until I ‘get it’.) Altho skittish early on in the morning, they all (except wee Jojo) spent an unusually long time in my back yard today, & whenever I had a coffee I sat in a chair in the patio & let them happily groom & crop the lawn in the sun. Maybe they’re trying to rebuild the trust levels? A perfect day, weather-wise.

        God I got sick of the constant norwester & grey skies over the last fortnight.

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      • Gezza

         /  April 22, 2018

        Mice are cute. Even rats can be, in the right setting and environment. I’ve had both of them run across the property at times. Rats are powerful swimmers & very determined little beasties.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 22, 2018

          I have had the odd rat here, I opened the airing cupboard one day last winter and surprised a fine young rat (who surprised me, too) as he hightailed it out of sight. I had to put bait down, but ratty had the last laugh by stinking the place out after he died under the floor.

          He was the third one since we moved here, which isn’t too bad, I suppose. Last year was a good one or bad one, depending on the point of view, for rodents because of the warm temperature…and as this year has been warmer…oh dear. I don’t mind mice, but am less keen on rats in the house. Mice are carried out in a net, which probably gives the other rats a good laugh at the humiliated aninal in a purple net being carried into the garden.

          Mice are good swimmers, too, if the one who fell into the loo is typical.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 22, 2018

            The weasel who lolloped across the path by the lake and turned to give me an old-fashioned look before it vanished was the only one I’ve seen there; an odd weasel or stoat nips across the main road.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 22, 2018

              Other mice, I mean, not other rats.

      • Gezza

         /  April 22, 2018

        Aspen, yesterday afternoon …

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 22, 2018

    If you grovel enough for your lese-majeste, you might be returned to His Majesty’s favour.

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    • Gezza

       /  April 22, 2018

      See intended rep,y below. Went in wrong place. (Pickles’ & Jojo’s other aunti must be busy.)

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 23, 2018

        The Siamese eventually forgave me for having been in hospital for three weeks after I had apologised enough times and abased myself.

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  3. Gezza

     /  April 22, 2018

    I think his view is that purple is a colour reserved for royalty: so we commoners should behave towards them with suitable humility. I’ve picked up a few of their white, black and purple-blue feathers from the lawn.

    The purple ones are very delicate. The purple colour only extends from the tip down about a third of the way. It’s such a wispy feather that when you take it inside you need to look at it in good light from the right angle to see the purple colour – otherwise it looks all black.

    Their wings, when they stretch them out & back in the sunlight, from close-up also display iridescent streaks of several different blue hues – including a stunning turquoise colour, at the tips and at the shoulder – that I only noticed this morning,

    Jojo has lost the red colour on her plate and the base of her beak and now looks very much like Pickles did at her age. She’s a great little climber. She’s quieter than Aspen was. Still hoping she’s definitely a girl.

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