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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 24, 2018

    I have just seen one of my birds mugging another bird…famous last words, mine are gentlebirds who don’t behave in that way.

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  2. NOEL

     /  October 24, 2018

    Which on had the handbag?

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 24, 2018

      Neither, the mugger was too lazy to go to the birds’ table for a cube of bread so stole one from another bird who was flying away with his breakfast, It was most ungentlebirdly behaviour, I didn’t think that mine were like that.

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      • Gezza

         /  October 24, 2018

        Was the mugger male or female?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 24, 2018

          Male. A sparrer mugging another sparrer, also a male.

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          • Gezza

             /  October 24, 2018

            That’s interesting. Down at Pookden Manor it’s nearly always the girls who do all the argy bargy, yelling, bitching, and sparrow-treat stealing. A couple of them give the boys nothing but grief.

            There are a lot fewer males among my groups than females, although given how some of these girls are, that’s probably not surprising. The others might have possibly given them the flick and gone elsewhere and found some hens who’re nicer.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  October 24, 2018

              Dunnockettes are very sweet,. So are waxeyettes.

              Your sparrers have probably come up here,

      • Gezza

         /  October 24, 2018

        Did you read my post last night advising that, to my great Joy, Sweety turned up very late at dusk, Kitty?

        Bluey called out from the foliage when I fed Eli this morning & I could hear Pooklet Alex, although they didn’t come down to see me. I now worry a little bit about them all through the day until I have confirmed, at dusk, that all of them have made it safely through another day.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 24, 2018

          OHHHH!!! What good news ! I was gutted at the awful thought that she’d fallen foul of the murderer.

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  3. Gezza

     /  October 24, 2018

    It was starting to rain so I put on a warm raincoat and went down and fed Eli at the Eel Spot around 11.30 am, while the wai was still running clear.

    (There has been some sort of light oily sheen on the water surface since last night. I’m not sure where this is coming from and hope it disappears soon.)

    He is very quickly summoned up the rapids lately, from one of a number of possible lairs that I noted yesterday, when I walked along the stream bank and around the bend downstream, looking for Sweety.

    I cut up and defrost a strip of some cheap meat in the microwave with a little water. Sprinkling that into the stream produces the tell-tale splashing in the rapids within about 5 minutes. He does a stream-wide weaving sweep on his way up and although he disappears from view at a certain angle he soon reappears, onto the scent of his first snack dangling in the water on the end of the eel feeding stick.

    He accepts being very gently stroked, which I do when the meat accidentally chunk drops off the feeding stick and gets carried in the flow behind his nostrils as it sinks, so that he doesn’t detect it. I also give him a little stroke when I say: “All gone, bye bye Eli”.

    He is a very cute, acrobatic little fella who learns quite quickly, but who I don’t think can actually hear me, and whose vision, like Ella’s, is very poor – the stick has to be an inch or two above his face for him to even see and follow it. I doubt he can actually see me. But he can feel the movement of the stick in the water and he can follow the scent of the meat chunks for some considerable distance in front of him, even when it’s freshly butchered and doesn’t have much of a smell to me.

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    • Gezza

       /  October 24, 2018

      Another grey Norwesterly day today. Looking over the stream from up top for Sweety or Bluey around 7.10 pm, as dusk approached, there was no answer to “hello pookies”, but I saw big Ella, finishing a circle by the Eel Spot, came in and got her dinner bag.

      But just as I was about to open the gate and go down there to feed her if she was still there, Sweety swam down from upstream somewhere, silently, and worked her way carefully and warily up to the fence, so I fed her on the stream side, and gave her a bread chunk. The wind was blowing the foliage around and she was clearly nervous as anything, so when she took the bread chunk quietly down to the bottom of the bank by the stream I was happy she’d be safe. No predators in sight.

      Ella wasn’t there when I got down to the Eel Spot. She must be working the upper stream tonite. There’s been something in the water lately around dusk that a few pairs of unattached drakes have been racing around gobbling up, but I can’t make out what it is in the rather low light so they’re either small insects or translucent aquatic creatures like whitebait I expect.

      I summoned up Eli and we had some fun giving him a few more more meat chunks and dancing practice. He’s doing some head-out, mouth-open, tail-stands now. I wish I could film them but its tricky as he can’t keep it up for long enough for me to put things down and get the vidcam onto him at the same time as getting the food to him.

      Cute young light grey Nuthafulla turned up too. He stayed over the other side and he eventually found and sucked in one meat chunk I tossed over his way, but when he did finally come over to where I was feeding Eli, Eli wasn’t having any of it and saw him off immediately, upstream.

      When I left him cruising around checking for any more that might have drifted downstream, it was just light enuf to notice another smaller dark eel was over the other side as well now – that’ll be Tameiti.

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