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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. Blazer

     /  August 13, 2018

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  2. Gezza

     /  August 13, 2018

    I don’t know where this fella lives, but it’s obviously not too far downstream. If I just throw some small chunks of meat with a bit of blood in them (best to freeze and defrost it in the microwave, I’ve found) about 7 am in the morning or 5 pm in the evening – I only have to wait about 5 minutes.

    The last flood has altered the stream bed, so there’s a set of shallow rapids he has to negotiate where he comes of the water and slithers across the stones so I can hear the splashing &see him coming. He weaves across the stream getting the scent & tracks the meat by that. Sometimes he’ll overshoot, and he’ll drift back down and try again.

    He’s very laid back. This is from two nights ago. But this morning when he came up several mallard drakes were swimming around an inch of two above him. He wasn’t bovvered.

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    • Gezza

       /  August 13, 2018

      * inch OR two

      That’s Jojo whinging in the background.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 13, 2018

        sez you….poor Jojo,

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          • Gezza

             /  August 13, 2018

            PS: Ludmilla has had a change of personality and was very cute and demure today. She let me pat and stroke her quite often on her chest. Sort of. I needed to smooth her head-feathers down – there were some loose fluffy bits sticking up & I thought they made her look a bit untidy. She wasn’t crazy keen about that tho.

            Her b/f Ivan came up too today, although he stays stream-side of the fence. Doesn’t say much. Just handles Ludmilla’s stream-side security matters. Strapping young fellow. Big chap. Very sober type. Always looks resplendent in full pure-breed mallard dress uniform.

            He wasn’t showing any interest in the wheat, even though Ludmilla was gobbling it up off the ground. I finally fed them a couple of soaked multi-grain pieces each – and then he copied his g/f & started picking up wheat grains too.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  August 13, 2018

    A bird whom I have never seen before was at the bird table today. It took a cube of bread and then began acting oddly with it, like a thrush throwing a snail down. It was like a thrush in reverse; speckled back, plain breast. Not a starling, as their breasts are spotted and these markings were too large for a starling. I have two books of NZ birds, one about town birds and one comprehensive guide to NZ birds. Neither shows this odd visitor.

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    • Gezza

       /  August 13, 2018

      Wondering if it was a skylark or a pipit?
      How big was it and what was its beak like – long or short, & what colour.

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      • Gezza

         /  August 13, 2018

        Also, how close were you? It might have had some speckling at the top of its breast that you didn’t notice?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 13, 2018

          Neither of those.

          I wasn’t very close, but I think that I would have seen speckles, its breast was quite dark.It was too small to be a longtailed cuckoo.

          It may have been a freak of nature, like a white blackbird.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 13, 2018

            I wonder if it was a variety of cuckoo.

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            • Gezza

               /  August 13, 2018

              Possibly. Do you ever see black tiwaka up there? I have down here.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 13, 2018

              I don’t know. It’s not quite like the pictures of them.

              I hope that the new bird comes back.

  4. Gezza

     /  August 13, 2018

    @ Possum. Well, I did what you suggested. Just spent 90 minutes down in the stream with me trusty 3 pronged hoe (blimmin useful for helping keep your feet when you get into a swift, deep part).

    I’ve cleared 300 metres of both parengas of plastic shopping bags, and cleared rubbish out of the stream bed as well.

    I nearly filled an empty 8 kg gardening sheep poo plastic bag (found below the fence of my 80 year old neighbour – a dear sweet little old lady who loves to garden but has no qualms about chucking her big thick plastic compost bags down the bank when she’s finished! I’ll be having a word about what I was doing today next time I see her, & hoping she cuts it out. I’ve often picked up her used gardening compost bags).

    From out of the tree branches, roots, and blackberry, and from under rocks and other obstructions in the stream, (there are two sheets of corrugated roofing iron firmly buried in the stream bed!) I picked or hooked out dozens of whole plastic shopping bags, dozens more of shreds of bags (tricky, usually by hand, so I’ve got a few blackberry wounds – because the hoe shreds them even more), several sheets of glad wrap, 2 thick-plastic garden supply bags, 2 plastic container tops, a plastic meat tray, a beer can, two plastic bottles (they’d filled with water, sunk and got wedged) a plastic milkshake cup top, 20 or so metres worth of blue and black plastic strip ties – and a good-sized orange-plastic-handled pair of scissors in perfect nick that just needed a quick sand of a small amount of rust at the hinge point.& a wipe over with white vinegar.

    There were far more plastic bags and other plastic items than I could see from up top at my place. A helluva lot more than when I did this last summer. I’m now really irritated by a few bags I can still see, but couldn’t get. In one case it’s up a un-climbable cliff & just too high up in the blackberry – and in another they’re caught in blackberry above where the water is too deep and flowing too swiftly for safety to cross at the moment. They’re not reachable from the other side, the blackberry’s too dense. They’ll be reachable in Summer if still there when the flow reduces to a trickle – or if the next mini-flood makes it shallow. The stream bed changes often.

    The water was nice and clear when I started but there must be some flood control gates somewhere in a tributary because all of a sudden the water went murky brown and started to rise very quickly. Some parts were difficult to stand up in – but I’d finished anyway so I clambered out & will just have to put up with looking at the 3 bags I can’t get. 😦

    The pooks were curious & came down to stand on a little beach to watch. They didn’t help me. >:D I kept a sharp lookout for eels – one of those regular mothers is way bigger than the one in my video above – she’s as big as Ella was.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 13, 2018

      You seem to be very unlucky with these bags; I can honestly say that they are nothing like that around here.Is there a local Pak & Save where you are ? Buying the bags must mean that people are less inclined to toss them anywhere. Even before Countdown stopped giving them away and began selling other forms of plastic bag, it wasn’t a real issue, despite the perception. Anyone can have one blow away, I have and couldn’t have caught it.

      Tell the neighbour that CLEAN plastic bags can be recycled now at the supermarket (don’t tell her that they have been able to be for a long time now)

      That plastic ? nylon ? tie is a menace.

      You seem to be very unlucky with the people around you, too.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 13, 2018

        My cats loved to have lengths of the tie made into toys; if it’s soft enough, you can knot it, if not, it can be done with twist tie. They made light toys that they could toss and bat around. For ages after the last cat died, these would turn up in odd places.

        It’s a pain in the bum when you put it in the bin, it keeps springing out unless it’s cut up,

        I’ll see if it counts as soft plastic for recycling; probably not.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 13, 2018

          It doesn’t seem to.

          Cling film can’t be recycled, either. That seems odd.

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  August 13, 2018

      Well done you!!!! That river looks really peaceful and clean flowing.
      Can’t believe what a difference the cow farm you don’t have down the road makes.
      I wonder if the water from the sewage plant goes down your little waterway??
      open the gates and out comes murky water saga?
      Yep watch out for those big fat tuna they just love meaty ankles. hehe
      Plastic bags are going to be a thing of the past … I hope its soon.
      Don’t forget to put some echinacea oil on the blackberry scratches.
      Spring is just around the corner after a few false starts so we are in the garden preparing for it

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  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  August 13, 2018

    How generous Countdown is with their new Onecard. They now give back $15 for every $2000 spent. I spent $20 in there recently which gave me 2 points, according to an email notification.

    I only need to spend $1800 more (not too hard with their prices) and they’ll give me a .75% cashback.

    I’ll stick to Pak & Save.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 13, 2018

      Does the PDT think that a cashback of 75c for every $100 spent isn’t stingy ????

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