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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. Kitty Catkin

     /  October 20, 2018

    27o here. It’s too hot to be outside weedeating or mowing.

    I saw a little sign asking people to drive slowly because ducks crossed there.

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    • Gezza

       /  October 20, 2018

      Grey and Norwester windy in North Welly. 16°C. Fed Tameiti this morning. Nuthafulla showed up but carried on upstream. I’ve noticed the younger eels like those two have less-well-developed smelldar than the older ones. It might be related to their being too impatient – they swim faster and more easily sail over dropped treats. Their eyes are beautiful and blue but their eyesight is not very acute.

      Haven’t been down yet this evening.

      Yesterday I feed Tameiti around noon, and in the evening I saw Elvira turn up, then Eli, then Tameiti. Eli seems to be travelling further afield these days. A couple of times I’ve mistaken Elvira for Ella because she’s pretty big too – but last night I realised if I’m ever unsure it’ll be Elvira. Once Ella arrives she’s completely unmistakable. She’s the biggest eel I’ve ever seen and she’s a lighter grey than any other larger one.

      Elvira for some reason decided to put her nose up on a beach inches from where Bluey was standing. The pooks give off a loud series of alarms when they see an eel. Bluey did that but Elvira just stayed there. I was watching from upstairs in my music room. The next minute Bluey just slammed his beak hard down at the back of her head. She moved. In fact for a while there she looked a bit stunned, but she recovered.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 20, 2018

        I don’t wonder that she looked stunned, who wouldn’t?

        I haven’t seen many ducklings around here, but there are probably a lot on the lake. I see Mr and Mrs Duck on the stream down the road, but no duckies yet.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 20, 2018

          The survival rate of the ducklings is pretty poor here. It’s a poignant thing to see solitary little ducklings swimming along peeping their heads off looking for mum after they’ve ended up on their own somehow. I doubt they survive the day. And lecherous drakes don’t care if a hen’s got ducklings. They can and do sexually assault the mother hens and cause them to fly away to escape, leaving their ducklings unprotected. Mallard drakes take no responsibility for ducklings at all. It’s all left to the mums. As soon as the ducklings arrive they’re off doing a Jami-Lee.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 20, 2018

            Pooks kill little duckies….

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            • Gezza

               /  October 20, 2018

              Yup. I’ve yelled no and stopped Bluey going for them twice already this week. But if I’m not there he does.

    • Gezza

       /  October 20, 2018

      Re ducklings, yes the stream is filling up with mums with ducklings now. Yesterday afternoon I pulled up in the car to let a hen lead her 10 littlies across the road. There’s another place here on the street that is duck friendly. Something of a menagerie in the front yard. We often see duck mums taking their kids over there.

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