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.

10 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  September 10, 2018

    Well, I’ve seen the new pooklet – just. There’s still a cold southerly blowing up the stream but at least the sun was shining today. Around mid-day I could see activity from the pooks downstream opposite. Through binoculars I watched them industriously working away pulling up bits of foliage and leaves and taking them into the bushes.

    A couple of them were also fussing round on a small stony area near the stream and making the kind of noises they make when they have a baby bird they want to give food to.

    I wandered quietly down my side of the stream a little closer and eventually managed to glimpse the little tyke, but most of the time it was hidden behind some grassy hummocks or behind the big butts of the pooks attending to it.

    I realise how spoiled having Pickles and then Jojo raised in nests on the bank directly below my place now because I saw them close up every day and the pooks were able to take individual grains of wheat back and forth to them.

    But this nest is extremely difficult to see and very well hidden. And they are being especially protective of this little one. If it was playing in a flat area I’d have been able to watch it; they were aware I was there, and Bluey even came over & calmly walked past, close by me, jumping up onto my fence, asking for something to take to the pooklet. But the area is clumpy and most of the time the pooklet was in the little valleys between the clumps.

    The few times I did see it in the clear, by the time the camera found and focussed on it it had gone. I’ve got some footage to review to see if pooklet’s IN any of it for a brief time, but I’m not hopeful. It was still relaxing sitting in the foliage with binocs watching all of them taking care of the little one, taking it soft roots, and going about the business of refreshing the nest with new growth.

    The only way I can see the nest is if I see a pook heading towards it, and I then follow the pook all the way to it with binoculars. It’s hidden among ferns and blackberry and their black and purple colour blends in so perfectly with the colours of the gaps & shadows in the foliage they’re invisible to the naked eye without cues like other birds moving around in there going to and from the nest.

    • Gezza

       /  September 10, 2018

      PS: I wonder if they have built this nest over there this time because they have had problems with Socrates, the 8 month old Norwegian Forest Cat who recently moved in to the area and who has attacked both the adult pukekos and the ducks. I was a bit concerned about him killing a sparrow sized pooklet; so I’m glad they’ve got this nest in a place he would struggle to get at.

      • Gezza

         /  September 10, 2018

        Gawd I just about had kittens! I wandered down there again briefly to have a look across the water as Sweety was talking. She walked down the bank a bit into the shadow and the next thing I saw was tiny, tiny pooklet in the blimmin water, getting washed out into the stream and whooshing down the rapids. It managed to struggle back to the bank, thank goodness, because Sweety was bloody useless as a lifeguard. But this is the area below the rapids where Eli hangs out & disappears into. This pooklet would be a mouthful for him, even though he’s not all that big. What kind of stupid pook parents are these? >:)

        • Gezza

           /  September 10, 2018

          😡
          Yes, that better conveys it.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 10, 2018

            I WANT SOME POOKLETS !!!!! I WANT SOME !!!!

            I take it that this one is Kitto. It had BETTER be !

            • Gezza

               /  September 10, 2018

              Nope. It’s not Kitto. I haven’t named it yet and that’s exactly the way to not get it named that. I won’t name it until I see it over here. It has to make it through childhood yet. Sweety’s lost 3 before Pickles and Jojo made it to their 6 months. And Pickles I fear is no more.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 10, 2018

              You are going into a deeeeeeep sleeeeeeep….the new pook will be called Kitto….when I snap my fingers, you will wake up and only remember that you want to call it Kitto…..SNAP !!!!

            • Gezza

               /  September 10, 2018

              I am a wee bit puzzled by something. A pook is staying sitting on the nest when all the others are taking the pooklet I’ve seen out for walkies and swimming practice. Pooklet’s 3 days old & I thought most birds’ eggs hatched together, but I’m wondering if it’s possible there’s still an incubating egg or a younger pooklet in the nest.

  2. Griff.

     /  September 10, 2018

    Fresh bread from the bread maker.
    Rye with four seeds, walnuts and a dash of cinnamon.

    Takes a few minutes to chuck it all into the bread maker.
    It tastes so good slathered with butter and still warm
    Almost as good toasted the next day.
    Not only does it taste better it is cheaper than buying made bread
    I will never buy bread again.

  3. wooden goat

     /  September 10, 2018

    [Not appropriate here.]