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“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. phantom snowflake

     /  September 6, 2018

    An old favourite; still sounds fresh:

    • Gezza

       /  September 6, 2018

      Yep – their signature one for me.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 6, 2018

        I gave that album to someone who said that it was their best present ever.

        I had been thinking about that song recently….it’s odd that it happens so often that when this happens, it appears. Someone mentioned ‘Summer Wine’ in a letter, and the next time I turned the radio on…

  2. Gezza

     /  September 6, 2018

    Ok, so, this morning, so far, Sweety & Aspen both just took their wholegrain bread chunk afters over to the fence to hold it in their hand & eat it ALL up. 3 times.

    So my conclusion yesterday that one or more pooklets must have just been born was premature. They were probably just taking over the fence to eat it somewhere of reach from Ivan The Terrible, who steals it if he can.

    I know they’re nesting though, so it shouldn’t be long now. Hopefully no hatching takes place today because although the freezing crappy weather of the last 2 days had settled down yesterday afternoon there’s a blustering, biting Southerly zephyr blasting up the stream today & it’s raining at the moment. The little tykes need to be kept warm.

    Thank you
    That is all

    Sir Gerald Ormsby Battersea Bradders
    🐧 Avian Aviation Authority 🐧
    0118 hours

  3. Gezza

     /  September 6, 2018

    Barney & Betty Starling are making several visits a day to my lawn, together, these days. They seem to be a very close, devoted couple, who just quietly stroll about, pecking at the lawn until one or the other decides to take flight somewhere else & other soon follows.

    A solitary waxeye just alighted in the tree outside the kitchen. Pretty little bird. I went into the lounge for my smartphone hoping for a vid with more pixels but it flew off just as I came back in. I wish I saw more of them.

    A tui hopped & flew along the fence around lunchtime. Wasn’t singing this time. Resplendent in blue & lace. Fledgy blackbird got stroppy with him so he didn’t stay long.

    Fledgy & his partner Tess have just recently built a nest in the thickest part of the pittosporum above the Eel Spot. It’s a nice location, great views, sheltered from the southerly that’s still blasting up the valley.

    They build very sturdy, well-designed nests, the blackbirds, I’ve noticed. A blackbird nest from last year is still there, high up in a foliage covered branch fork in the pitto outside the kitchen, on the stream side of the fence. Looks in mint condition still, from down here. But doesn’t seem to have any tenants.

    Going out to check if there are any eels there now. Will have to wrap up, the wind’s icy as. The water was perfectly clear when I had a quick peek around lunchtime, but it’s still quite high & really powering downstream. The current might be too strong for the eels to hang around their usual haunts looking fo treats at the moment. Would take a lot of effort to prevent themselves being pushed back downstream, tiring, I expect.

    1555 hours

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 6, 2018

      Morning was ok here but cold and wet now. Gave up deck staining and lit the fire. I’m on my last 5L can anyway – need to get some more to tackle the guest house next. Unfortunately no-one stocks 10L cans of my deck colour.

    • Gezza

       /  September 6, 2018

      I flicked some cat meat in gravy over to the far side of the stream to see if the scent would entice Eli up thru the rapids. Not much of it, just a few chunks, three times. The river’s still flowing fiercely. But hey ! Eli powered on up the rapids within 2 minutes. The cat meat chunks are small & light & they whooshed off downstream as soon as they hit the water. Not even the Burgle Boys were fast enuf to get em.

      Eli took up station in the flow at the edge of the far parenga, hovering but needing to burn a lot of energy to stay there. I clambered down with some proper meat chunks & called to him & used my other summoning tricks, but to no avail. The wind was blowing like crazy. He may not have heard me. Eventually he just turned round & torpedoed back thru the rapids downstream.

      Picked up some trash debris from the latest flooding, an old sack & a plastic shopping bag, caught up in foliage, & came back up with frozen hands.

      While I was at the Eel Spot, Aspen wandered down to hang with me. But when I got a bit closer to him, looking to see if Eli had picked up the scent of a solitary meat chunk I put in the water in a calm little alcove, he got panicky & flew off upstream, underneath the bridge, to land on a flat part of the bank there & graze. Very nice, controlled piece of flying into the wind from him. Even tucked his legs back. Wish I’d got that on video.

      They all seem to have major anxiety issues, the pooks. Neurotics.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 6, 2018

        Very few tuck their legs up. I see one local one doing it, but the rest are danglers.

        • Gezza

           /  September 6, 2018

          They are incredibly dextrous with their feet. They use them just like hands. I enjoy watching them handling food, holding it up & eating it from their ‘fingers’, it’s so human & monkey-like one can forget they are toes & not fingers. If pooks survive the next asteroid strike & human & other apes don’t, I wouldn’t be surprised if pooks eventually reinvent the wheel. 🦃

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 6, 2018

            That’s probably how they walk and run up trees. When they walk, they seem to be feeling their way along, sometimes, like a person walking barefoot who wants to test the ground.

            When I see the nests that birds make with nothing more than claws and beaks, I am humbled, I could make a basket or a rough dwelling because I have seen it being done, but they make brilliant ones with no teaching at all, much better than I would be able to do.

            • Gezza

               /  September 6, 2018

              Bluey, come off his nest shift, at 11.42 am today:

            • Gezza

               /  September 6, 2018

              And here’s Ivan The Terrible, at 9.15am, trying to mug Sweety’s
              bread! 😡

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 7, 2018

            They walk like people, using their toes. Sparrers bounce along like rubber balls, no dignity there.