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.

13 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 29, 2018

    An enormous wood pigeon was in the garden today. It was in a tree, hoovering something down. I don’t when I have seen such a big one.

    It looks as if I may have failed to notice that many of my sparrers are dunnocks and not small house sparrers. The lack of bibs was a hint that I missed.

    • Gezza

       /  April 29, 2018

      Hey – thanks for pointing that out. I’ve just been checking the two out. Dunnock males & females look the same, so some of the smaller, darker male sparrows I thort were dunnock lads are actually house sparrow blokes & the others their hennies. Hetty’s a dunnock, but Bandido & Brucie & their companions are girl sparrers.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 29, 2018

        I have too many to name, the Bird Bistro’s fame has spread. Some eat in and have a yak to their mates, others have takeaways, There’s always some fool who stands in the road…how they’re not squashed, I cannot think.

        • Gezza

           /  April 29, 2018

          I only name the ones gutsy enuf to come the closest on a regular basis. Birds seem to have personalties too & some are more trusting or braver than others when it comes to how close they will come to you. Eventually you can start to recognise individuals from some minor difference in appearance or repeated behaviour others don’t do.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 29, 2018

            Some will come down when I am still out there, others prefer to wait. The waxeyes eating fruit companionably is a charming sight.

            I wish that there was a video or even a photo of a pook walking up a tree, It’s one of those sights that I will never forget. Even when
            it walked down, it was worth seeing.

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll get you one eventually.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 29, 2018

              I have googled it under various guises, but it’s no go.

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              Just heard a pair of paradise ducks fly overhead & back, calling, in the gloom. Very unusual. Never heard that before. I’ve only ever seen them up in the Eastern, Western or Southern hills here.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 29, 2018

              Lovely !

              There are white pigeons in Hamilton Central; beautiful but stupid. They seem to imagine that drivers can see them as they stroll around in the road.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 29, 2018

              I was interested to see the pook who flew with legs neatly tucked up under him, not dangling as pooks’ legs usually are when they fly. He landed neatly, too, not crashing into anything or falling into a ditch.

            • Gezza

               /  April 29, 2018

              Well, the best pilots here are Sweety & Pickles (surprisingly). Quite graceful, the pair of them – for pooks. And Sweety doesn’t sqawk “look at me look, at me” about it before, during, & post flight, like Bluey & Aspen do. Wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t so bloody clumsy and awkward when they do fly.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 30, 2018

              It was a real surprise to see this one flying so neatly and smoothly with legs tucked up. There were no raucous cries of ‘ look at me flying !!!’ They usually look as if they haven’t ever flown before and are amazed tthat they’re actually doing it. They fly the way people would if we flapped our arms and suddenly found ourselves flying. I have read descriptions of people ‘flying’ with those stage harnesses & wires and how surprisingly hard it is to do that gracefully. A boy in my class at primary school was in Peter Pan and brought his flying harness to show us.

  2. Gezza

     /  April 29, 2018