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.

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  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  October 22, 2018

    A dear little blue ladybird came in yesterday.

    Bessie Bkackbird seems to have eaten the slaters, there were none there today. Clever birdie!

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 22, 2018

      Yes, she was hoovering something up, and it must have been them. We should send her to (coff, coff)

      I haven’t seen the beautiful Miss Thrush for a few days 😦

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 22, 2018

        Where IS everyone?

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        • Gezza

           /  October 22, 2018

          Sorry, I’ve been busy. Spent some time with Bluey today and Sweetie visited twice.

          She will call for me to come out & come quite near to eat wheat off the top fence railing iif I put it down & retreat – pointing with “there’s food”, but won’t come anywhere near me if she has come down onto the lawn. She found poor Aspen and for some reason she is now too scared. She was previously the only pook who would take food from my hand and once let me stroke her breast.

          The cat killer suspect was in my yard under the low, small lemon tree when I got up around 6am this morning. He is grey, so before sun-up he is largely invisible and he is waiting to attack the birds he knows will come. I chased him off in the opposite direction to the stream but I am doing this regularly. He is the first thing I look for when I get up and he is often there.

          The pooks and ducks have stopped visiting at this early time, for which I am grateful as I am sure he is the pook killer. Sweety visits at dusk and this is a high risk time for him to turn up, when I’m inside, watching the news. I’ve sometimes missed the news, watching over her. Socrates is incredibly fast when he charges birds from behind cover. Unfortunately he is never in a position where I can douse him with water when I see him and he takes off before I can get out there. Cornering him would have him jump over the fence to the stream, the last place I want him to be.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 22, 2018

            How about chucking something at him or (and I am not being facetious) making a noise with something like a party blow out whatsit, or a whistle ? Cats have sensitive ears and hate this sort of noise.

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            • Gezza

               /  October 22, 2018

              He’s never in a position where I can chuck something at him, Kitty. And if I did his quickest escape route would be over the fence to the stream bank – where I DON’T want him – the location of his probable murders.

              At the moment as soon as I push open a window or the curtains he sees me and when he figures out I’m coming for him, he’s off in a flash, past my patio, towards the street, which is the safest escape route for my birds.

              I’ve read on the internet that I might be able to borrow or hire a trap cage from the SPCA and will investigate this. The idea is you trap them and soak them, then release them – and they won’t come back.

            • Gezza

               /  October 22, 2018

              I fed Eli around 10 am, in the sun, in clear water at the Eel Spot. He’s a lovely young fish to play with now. I stroke him with the stick and he knows when I’m doing that to show him he’s not in the right place for his next bite and needs to move back. He performs aquabatics for me. He still spits out dog roll chunks, only Ella and Elvira eat that, No sign of Ella today – she usually turns up late afternoons, but only when she wants to.

              I have viewed my video of the bluest blue tui. It only hints at the striking colour. I will process and post the short clips into a mini-movie sometime. I might be able to manually enhance the colour, not sure. I’ll only do it if I can get a true likeness. He was flitting about looping up high in the air again about 5 pm today but I was inside in the kitchen. I’d quite like to get him on video from outside behaving like a tiwaka.

            • Gezza

               /  October 22, 2018

              That whistle is a good idea. I have a compressed air piercing personal alarm my wife carried in her handbag when she was doing night classes once. Might try that out.

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