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  1. Gezza

     /  October 23, 2018

    I seem to get about 3 different little regular groups of hungry sparrows at morning, noon, and late afternoon. Like other birds they all seem to have their own little quirks and personalities.

    Some things I’ve noticed, while watching a little tribe of them this morning, are that Pookden Manor’s visiting sparrows are very cliquey, that some can be downright rude to those not in the “In Group”, and that there are always a few who are quite happy to shamelessly mug their mates for their food. >:D

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 23, 2018

      Mine are quite polite and refined, I’d have to say. No mugging here. I still haven’t taken away some branches that are piled up by the fence because the birds like to sit on them and bounce up and down.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 23, 2018

        Almost all of mine are gentlebirds, they take their bread cubes and either eat it there or take it away. One unlucky waxeye dropped hers and a beak appeared under the gate almost before it hit the ground. The waxy was looking in all directions for it; there was still some on the table, so that was all right.

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      • Gezza

         /  October 23, 2018

        I still haven’t taken away some branches that are piled up by the fence because the birds like to sit on them and bounce up and down.
        Who doesn’t? 😀

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 23, 2018

          When they do it on the tree, it snaps the small branches, which is a nuisance when they snag the moa. Possums bust bigger branches. It’s a wonder that the Birds’ Hotel isn’t a bare trunk.

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          • Gezza

             /  October 23, 2018

            It’s 5.25 pm here now. I’ve just come back up from feeding Ella in the deep part at the Eel Spot after I saw her unmistakable big grey self splashing up through the rapids looking over the fence to see where Bluey was and where crying Alex the pooklet was and why he wasn’t attending to the pooklet.

            The night before last I wasn’t sure if I was feeding Elvira or Ella. They’re both big mamas and while Ella is the greyer & bigger of the two, if only one of them turns up it can be difficult to know which one it is. So I noted that the one the other night, who I suspected was Elvira, has a black beauty spot about 3 inches back from the head end on the starboard side of her dorsal fin. (As they shimmer & ripple that fin often it can be hard to spot, takes a while to see it sometimes.)

            And tonight I noticed that Ella has a similar black beauty spot on her port side on the upper part of her body, right at the start of her dorsal fin. So now I’ve got the two sussed.

            Elvira moves a bit faster than Ella. Big Ella is always very stately.

            I haven’t seen Sweety at all today. I woke up late and if the pook murder suspect cat was in my yard at dawn again, I missed him. It’s very unusual for Sweety not to have been somewhere distant up or downstream when I fed Eli around midday, and also not normal for her not to have jumped up on to my fence asking for some dinner wheat by now. While it’s possible she might have moved on to somewhere else, I think it’s unlikely and I fear, like Pickles, Jojo and Aspen, she may have fallen victim to the streamside pook murderer.

            Only Bluey is currently looking after Pooklet Alex. it’s a very time-consuming job. I feel sorry for him. Pooklets are extremely vocal and demanding and don’t like to be left on their own so they attract attention to themselves by constantly crying as soon as they are left on their own or if something they see scares them. Two weeks ago there were two other cute little pooks happy to do care-giving shifts and give the others a needed break.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  October 23, 2018

              I love cats, but won’t be sorry when the killer gets what’s coming to him. I’d want to poison the bloody thing.

              A pookster was doing what pooksters do (showing off) and went for a long flight, which was quite impressive,

              I saw a magpie today. I’d just been thinking that I hadn’t seen one for ages, hooray, hooray,whicn was probably tempting fate,

              My mother’s friend, who’s in her 80s, laughed like anything when I told her about the mags who fly around squawking ‘Fucking magpies!’

          • Gezza

             /  October 23, 2018

            Happy man here Kitty !.

            An hour ago I dejectedly walked the parenga top and back up through the stream shallows calling occasionally with no Sweety-peeps in response from somewhere as usual – looking for a lifeless little purple and black form – although if it was in the foliage it would be possible to miss it as their colours are actually excellent camouflage among streamside plants unless the pop up and look around.

            I had no luck. (Bluey was useless when I called across and asked him earlier several times where she was.)

            As I was sadly going in to the kitchen to make a coffee and down a couple of meds with it, just as the street lights were coming on and it was getting dark, a little black head with a red plate and beak stretched up, and peered at me from below the window, and then flew up silently onto the kitchen trellis 😀

            Sweety is alive and well. I’ve given her her wheat dinner, and when I gave her her bread chunk treat for afters, she flew then walked down out of sight to the stream bank where I glimpsed her eating it and occasionally soaking it in the stream. Not a peep from her. but some known look,s and we understood each other, so I said good night and left her to cross the stream and go to her sleeping spot when she’s ready, safe and well for another day.

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  2. phantom snowflake

     /  October 23, 2018

    Classic 70s reggae with a hint of jazz:

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  October 23, 2018

    I don’t know where we were talking about the dishonest way that telcos take customers’ money. It amounts to millions in the UK !!! Someone online compared it to hiring a car for a day and expecting a refund if it’s returned early; what a specious comparison.

    It is beyond me how they get away with it, unless people feel that it’s not worth bothering to try to recover a small amount. I can’t remember how much 2o lifted from me, about $20, probably. Blimmin annoying, though. But who’s going to spend hours trying to recover that? Or go to a lawyer? it’s waste of time anyway.

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    • Gezza

       /  October 23, 2018

      It was last night in Open Forum. You were the only person I think to express similar outrage to mine and some sympathy for the impending mugging victim – me.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 23, 2018

        I wonder how many million the telcos quietly siphon off in NZ.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 23, 2018

          I must google that. I’m surprised they’re allowed to get away with this by law. What justification could there be? They’ve got my money, they’ve probably already spent it and if not it’s invested in something.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 24, 2018

            As I said, they probably bank (in both senses of the word) on people saying that it’s not worth going to a lot of trouble for a small amount. I didn’t have a lot on my phone when it became obsolete; I can’t remember how much, but I knew it was coming so hadn’t put much on….but if there’d been $200, they’d have scooped that up.

            I am surprised, too, that they get away with this by law.

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