General chat

“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 25, 2018

    What a disgraceful sight down the road; a stoush with mynahs getting stuck into each other and using language that I hope the sparrers didn’t hear. They were not acting like gentlebirds at all.I blame the parents,

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    • Gezza

       /  October 25, 2018

      Disgraceful, but frankly I’m not surprised. The ones in our back yard where I grew up in New Plymouth could be like that. It took me a while to realise when I first moved to South Welly, and then to North Welly, that we don’t have mynahs here. I wondered if they’d been outlawed in Welly because of that sort of carry on.

      Sweety just paid me a visit to my back door ! I just happened to see her waiting there. I don’t want to encourage this as this is where the pook murderer comes into my back yard sometimes at dusk (right now) and dawn.

      Chinese neighbours down the other end whom I spoke to today (they have miniature schnauzer named after a flower; we get on very well) confirmed my suspicions when they said that the main suspect is frequently down their end, which is where the access to the bridge is. They were devastated to hear what it’s done, it’s known around here these birds are my bird whanau & people watch me with them, and these folk think they are beautiful too. I will not say what they said they would doif it killed their babygirl doggie.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 25, 2018

        Miniature Schnauzers are enchanting, it’s the price that put me off. Which flower is she named after?

        No mynahs ??? How lucky you are, Nobody seems to like them, I tolerate Mutt and Jeff because they keep other mynahs away (the selfish sods) There are a lot of blackbirds around who visit the bird table and eat the cat biscuits.

        It must be funny to hear the magpies who have been called ‘fucking magpies’ by someone so often that they fly around saying it.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 25, 2018

          Daisy. I have had less to do with her since the pooks have become my friends because she’s a terrier so, not to be completely trusted to not suddenly chase them.

          But on the street her mum will often let her leash go from some distance away, so she can run up to me for a cuddle. She’s very cute – her mum’s a former hairdresser, so she cuts Daisy’s coat herself like you do with the dog, Kitty. Looks very nice, like your dog’s does as well.

          I quite liked the mynahs with their really orange long legs but they did seem to bash up other birds. I missed them a little bit once I realised that Welly doesn’t have them, but the tiwaka I hardly ever saw up in NP & nor did I see swallows, so there are compensations.

          Fledgy is here beneath my kitchen window before the sparrows are these days. He wants wet bread chunks and although not tame knows how to get them from me. He’s still got some flashes of baby brown but is growing up into a handsome young fella.

          There are sometime some issues between him and the sparrow muggers.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 26, 2018

            Daisy is a lovely name for a little dog.

            It’s easy to forget that small, sweet dogs are still terriers. It was a real surprise when mine, when he was still a puppy, began to ‘kill’ his soft toys by shaking them in terrier style. How did he know to do that?

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    • Gezza

       /  October 25, 2018

      Cloudburst City, Mawsynram in North Welly at the moment.

      I went down and summoned Eli and fed me little fishy buddy around 5 pm. A very light, intermittent rain had started falling, but it was raining more steadily up in the surrounding hills, so I thought I’d better get down there while the wai was still running clear because the stream would start to rise and get murky within 20 minutes.

      Bluey came over and Pooklet Alex was whining from somewhere so I had to be a bit careful to keep an eye on Blue because he was agitated and did the ol’ threatening shriek and wing-flap at me. I calmed him down talking soothingly & tossed him some wheat grains on a little flat spot about 3 feet away at my eel deep-water feeding spot, and he was happy enuf to relax and peck those up and take a couple of grains over the stream to Alex, who stayed hidden.

      It’s most often a bluff when Bluey threatens me, but if the pooklet was really near he might just have a go and fly off and come back, so it’s handy to have the eel feed stick with me as waving it in front of me a couple of times tends to make him think twice while I sit down, when he then relaxes.

      He visited me twice earlier today, around 11.30 and then around 1.30, and happily came down off the fence into the yard for some wheat while I stood guard nearby at the fence. He has his fill (left a few grains) and then hops the fence and takes grains over to the pooklet on the far side. Alex is just to scared to come near me & I think it’s best for the pooklet’s safety to leave things this way. They’re vulnerable until they can fly which is at least two months away yet.

      Haven’t seen Alex close up for more than a glimpse yet, but it’s often out in the open happily if Bluey’s there to protect and feed, At the rate he is growing – very fast – I think Alex is another boy. I’d have liked another girl, seeing Sweety is the only surviving female after Jojo was murdered.

      Sweety eventually came over to me at the Eel Spot too, warily, so I left her some wheat in the same place when I came up, and saw her swim over and take some to Alex too. So it was a nice surprise when she came to the door just before dusk. Still very stand-offish and wary but I’m pleased she’s super-aware and cautious. They constantly look out for threats now.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 26, 2018

        I’m glad that they are on the lookout for threats, but wish that they didn’t have to be for that reason,

        There are three across the road who bound around the paddock and sometimes spread their wings. It’s always a surprise that these are so large.

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