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  1. phantom snowflake

     /  November 5, 2018

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  2. Gezza

     /  November 5, 2018

    Nice sunny day but a gusty norwester at Pookden Manor. Bluey and Sweety came up for their brekky wheat around 7 am I guess, and have been mahi-ing around in this general area of the stream banks over the fence. Both here together today so I dunno where the triplets are at the moment. Maybe when they’re left alone they just huddle together in their nest under cover and stay quiet when they’re only a week old at the most?

    Just mowed me lawns and did the edges. I use a hand mower and will probably quickly run it over the lawn again tomorrow if it’s fine because they don’t cut as close or as thoroughly when the grass is long, and a 2nd mow in the afternoon or next day makes them look nicer and cuts them a teeny bit shorter.

    Bluey was calling from over the fence when I finished the back lawn and when I went to see where he was, Sweety was there too and although he hung back a bit & hid sometimes, got my first decent look at young 8 & 1/2 week-old Alex, who was with them. He’s quite a big lad, wings haven’t started their growth spurt yet, but that can’t be far away now.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 5, 2018

      Like, the above was posted around 12.30 pm. Gonna leave to drive up to the ‘Rua & jump on the kenepuru hospy shuttle soon. Gawd – didn’t hit the sack until about 3 am, got the tidy up the office work bug and there was quite a stack of filing n shit to do. Can hardly keep my eyes open now. Hope I don’t fall asleep on ma. Done some cheques for her to sign. I can sign for her but I like to let her do it if she can.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 5, 2018

        I like hand moas, but my lawn has a kind of grass that doesn’t suit them. I still have a 1930s one that still cuts; it’s blimmin heavy but still does the job and has seen off several motor moas. If it wasn’t for the patches of whatever the grass is that hand moas don’t like, I’d still be tempted to use a hand one. I love it that the old one still works; I really like the sound that they make.

        I remember old men using them when I was a child. I never see a catcher for sale , or not at a price I want to pay,

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 5, 2018

          A snail wandered across the lawn singing ‘Chansons d’amour-our-our…..’
          Along came the lawnmower with the chorus ‘Ra-ta-ta-ta-tah…’

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  November 5, 2018

    Tui visit ! I don’t know if there were more than two (I wish) but two gleaming blue backs were seen, far too blue to be glossy blackbirds. The light can be deceptive, but these were BLUE!

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    • Gezza

       /  November 5, 2018

      Darkness is falling at Pooken Manor and fireworks are starting up in earnest. Gonna be a ruff night for the pooks and their babies I’m afraid. A least it was quiet last night.

      Turqs Tui has been continuing his aerobatics up and down the stream all day. There was one funny sight when he flew off upstream to the South accompanied by a sparrow acting as his wingman twisting and turning alongside him. I’ve noticed that any blackbirds around will attack Turqs. My theory is they take one look at his gorgeous blue colour and white wing flashes and they get jealous.

      Fledgy blackbird, and latterly Hennie, his mate have become the first morning arrivals and Fledgy even flies up and perches on the window ledge, to let me know he’s there. They want a couple of little pieces of wet wholegrain bread. But it’s a challenge tossing it to them in a way they will actually manage to snaffle it. Their reaction times are very slow compared to the sparrows who pounce on it immediately while Fledgy and Hennie are still just thinking about it.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 5, 2018

        Oh a solo tiwaka was out there about 30 minutes ago flitting about and practicing his cheeps and twitterings. Think it might have been Bernard.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 6, 2018

          `I heard that the mild winter has something to do with the tuis not turning up yet; they left quite early. Someone who had 40 (at a guess; they were zipping around, scrapping) last year has had two so far this season.

          Fantails are common around here, but I still love to see them. The dance recital was so marvellous that I will never forget it.

          I saw Sparky today and greeted him, not knowing that two men were close by.

          I can well believe that the blackbirds are jealous; it was probably they who were whizzing after the two handsome filmstars yesterday.

          When I opened the back door, Alf fell off the step.

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