General chat

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  1. Gezza

     /  November 3, 2018

    Shocker of a morning in North Welly. It’s blowing outside and really pissisting down !

    Today’s forecast:
    Rain, clearing for a time in the afternoon. Strong northwesterlies, rising to severe gale gusting 120 km/h in exposed places.

    I blame the government.

    I learned yesterday that Sweety & Bluey have just had triplets – altho sadly we lost poor wee disabled Angel. I am not naming the other two yet as they are tiny & vulnerable and I’m such a sooky with my birds it hurts me deeply for several days when I name them & they die.

    Someone was letting off fireworks all last night and the poor pooks were screaming in panic all the time at the flashes and machine-gun-like rat-a-tat-tats, whistles and bangs. I kept going out to the fence and calling “It’s ok, pookies; It’s ok” into the darkness, but no sooner did they settle down than more fireworks started.

    I feel sorry for the two little baby pooklets; there will be at least 3 more nights of this & their parents’ panicking must be difficult for them when they probably need to sleep.
    . . . . . . . . . . . .
    There was just a bang on the mesh of my patio screen door. Bluey has already been, eaten wheat, and flown back over the flooding stream, taking some to the babies. I’ll bet that’s Sweety; she door-knocks.
    6.37 am

    • Gezza

       /  November 3, 2018

      Yep. Good thing the bottom door screen is a fine metal mesh; she’d puncture a nylon one.

      She’d started going back to the babies along the fence seeing I didn’t immediately answer the door, but when I called her from the kitchen she flew in and landed below the window. She’s now had her wheat brekky too, and just taken a small wholegrain bread chunk to the babies.

      With 10 week old Alex and now two tiny babies, these two parents will have a lot on their plates for some weeks. Alex’s winglets haven’t started their growth spurt yet, and while he can feed himself easily enuf now, he still knows how to trigger the automatic feeding instinct of his “olds” and divert them to give food to him when they are taking it to the newborns.

    • Gezza

       /  November 3, 2018

      I try not to give the pooks (or the ducks) too much bread & feed them mostly wheat because grains are better for them and part of their natural diet (I’ve even seen even baby pooks quickly strip the seeds off the heads of grasses).

      I was curious WHY bread is bad for them, and the problem is that it’s like candy or too much fast food. For those interested – a good summary:

      “Firstly, eating lots of bread can cause the ducks [and, I imagine, pukekos – Gez] to gain excessive weight. Even scarier, it can prevent them from consuming the nutrients that they need.

      Such a nutrient-deficient diet can cause “angel wing,” a condition much more awful than its name would suggest. The condition targets ducks’ wings and hinders their ability to fly. Too much bread can affect the next generation of ducks, too; ducklings who eat nothing but bread may never learn how to forage for other, healthier foods, and they could become malnourished.

      As if that weren’t enough, the bread that the ducks don’t eat can harm them, too. The uneaten, soggy bread grows mold and can spawn bacteria in the water, making ducks sick and even attracting vermin like rats.”

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  November 3, 2018

    It’s not peeing down here, just enough to make mowing impossible even when it stops. I rose and shone, all ready to mow the lawn, but the hill that’s a weather gauge was a bit hazy…how maddening. Electric mowers are great, but while I have finished a lawn in drizzle, it would be stupid to use one in rain.

    I can’t find the Two Ronnies rhyming weather forecast, which Ronnie Barker does in his wonderful deadpan way…there’s snow in Stowe, it’s hailing in Maling and so on, with a wonderful punchline which I won’t spoil the sketch by saying.

    Fat chance of bread being left long enough to go off on my bird table.

    • We just had a short but heavy shower which brought me inside from sawing up old pine stumps (which is hard on chains as the pine is riddled with old bits of fencing wire.

      I couldn’t find the weather forecast either. Will this one do?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 3, 2018

        They were real stars. How young Ronnie Corbett looks there.

        I can’t understand why I can’t find the weather forecast !

        There’s just enough on again, off again drizzle here to be annoying and make it not possible to do things outside.

  3. Gezza

     /  November 3, 2018

    The difficulty of trying to video Turqs Tui doing his aerobatic display, from yesterday.

    Within the half-second it takes for the vidcam to actually start recording after “Record” is pressed he can have done a vertical loop and horizontal circle & be gone before you can even get him in the viewfinder.

    This little guy can zoom and buzz and loop & turn on a dime like a fantail. He does this every day, whooshing up and down the stream, and doing aerobatic displays every 50-100 metres.

    They’re obviously meant to show off all his blue wing, back, and tail feathers and white flashes. How he hasn’t yet managed to pull a bird I don’t know; but he sure is putting in the work to !

    • Gezza

       /  November 3, 2018

      Off to visit ma now.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 3, 2018

        One was sitting on the power line earlier; just long enough for me to be sure that it was one (I saw the white cravat)

        Perhaps he’s gay and is trying to attract a nice young man.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 3, 2018

          The PDT has far too much time on his tiny little hands today by the look of it. 😀 😀 😀

  4. phantom snowflake

     /  November 3, 2018

    A couple of recent Elton John covers caught my ear:

  5. phantom snowflake

     /  November 3, 2018