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.

14 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  May 12, 2018

    Woohoo, Kitty. At 7 am, Brucie, the little koro sparrer, just perched on my fingers and ate four wheat grains from my palm !

    He was waiting on the concrete in the patio with the pooks, also quietly queuing a couple of feet away, when I opened the curtains. He then flew up into the camellia tree next to me as I went out & looked over the fence to see if Jojo was there (yes, she was) and while Pickles, Sweety & Aspen were at my feet, waiting.

    He was so close to me I just reached into the tree with some wheat on my opened palm to see what would happen, and made the soothing kiss-kiss sound I use on the sparrows, and he cautiously hopped down onto my hand, and stayed there, walking around a little, as he picked them up and ate them.

    What an absolutely delightful experience it is – a sparrow walking on your hand. Just sad I couldn’t video it becos I was holding the grain bag in the other hand & dared not risk spoiling the moment reaching for my mobile.

    • Gezza

       /  May 12, 2018

      Perhaps unsurprisingly, when I exit to the patio at the moment I seem to be being engulfed in an ever-growing cloud of sparrows …. 😕

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 12, 2018

      Ohhhh…..(faints with envy)

      I made mine a little house to keep their food dry, and the buggers didn’t like it. I put the food right at the front, and as it wasn’t raining, had some of it outside, It may be too deep, but if it’s too shallow, it will be useless. Perhaps if the ‘walls’ were less deep than the roof, it would be acceptable to the little sods.I ended up taking it off the table….

      The kereru was here again;

      • Gezza

         /  May 12, 2018

        If you still have the little house, a pic might give me an idea of what’s wrong.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 12, 2018

          It’s really a three-sided sheltercshed, the front is completely open. It’s drizzling and it’s standing on the grass by the table . The walls are 33cm deep (I had some wood that was 67 so just halved it) and at a guess I’d say it’s about 30cm high. It may just be that they aren’t used to it, I’ll try it with less deep walls and leave the roof about the same size. I may not have left enough space at the front; I thought that I had.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 12, 2018

            sheltershed

            • Gezza

               /  May 12, 2018

              They’ll feel insecure from threats in that I think, because they can’t see all around. They like open space

            • Gezza

               /  May 12, 2018

              Try a just a roof over columns or narrow walls with gaps they can see out of. Birds look miserable in the wet but they’re designed for it, rain’s not really a problem to them.

            • Gezza

               /  May 12, 2018

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 12, 2018

              Eh, eh, Bwucie !

              I was thinking of the food going soggy and hoped that it was high and wide enough,,,some were all right with it. Brucie’s rellies, perhaps, I’ll try one which is more open.

              TWO !!! wood pigeons have just flown over from the back. The big tree has goldfinches using it for relays to and from the nearest pittosporum. What are they DOING in there ?

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 12, 2018

    How many song birds come to roost
    In Kitty Catkin’s garden ?
    I’ll tell you now of some that I know,
    And those I miss, you’ll surely pardon…

    Kingfishers, kereru,
    Little dunnocks,moreporks too,
    House sparrers, swallers,
    Warblers who coo
    Waxeyes and blackbirds,
    Thrushes and fantails,
    All in Kitty’s gar-har-den.

    How many other songbirds appear
    In Kitty Catkin’s garden?
    I’ll tell you know of some that I know,
    And those I miss, you’ll surely pardon

    Goldfinches, green ones too,
    Parrots of gaudy hue,
    Starlings and tuis
    All are in view,
    Bellbirds and chaffinch
    Rowdy mynahs, too
    ,All appear in Kitty’s gar-har-den.

    How many birds are seen flying high
    Over Kitty Catkin’s garden ?
    I’ll tell you now of some that I know,
    And those I miss, you’ll surely pardon.

    Herons, both white and grey,
    Plovers who screech away,
    Sponbills, ducks, geese
    And hawks on their way.
    Pheasants are seen
    Against the paddocks’ green
    Across from Kitty’s garden,

    Also around….quails, partridges, pooks, chooks……

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 12, 2018

    How many charming birds appear
    Down in Pookden Manor garden ?
    I’ll tell you now of some that I know,
    And those I miss, you’ll surely pardon.

    Pukekos everywhere,
    On the fence and up the stairs,
    Up on the roof
    And on every chair,
    Dunnocks who dance
    And ducklings who prance
    By the stream in Pookden Garden,

    How many other birds appear
    Down in Pookden Manor Garden ?
    How many do ? Gez, that’s up to you
    I don’t know, I beg your pardon !

    • Gezza

       /  May 12, 2018

      Seamus the Shag swims here in the stream
      When he feels like a change of scenery
      He’s roosted twice in the trees on the bank
      Cos he likes the stream and greenery

      Starlings too like to perch and to skreek
      In the neighbour’s nearby willow stand
      Sometimes they land in the yard on the lawn
      But they don’t stay long they’re a shrieky band

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 12, 2018

        It’s a bit harder to sing that to ‘How many birds…..’ but it can be done.

        The original writer would NOT be amused by our variations, but I am.