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. Gezza

     /  November 23, 2018

    I just find something really endearing about the happy, excited little whistle, twitters and tweets Alex makes when Bluey feeds him. Alex’s wings have started growing. Judging from past observations with Pickles and Jojo, as soon as Alex can fly, Bluey will immediately stop feeding him, no matter how cutely he begs. But Alex will continue to be able to trigger Sweety into feeding him for a couple of months more.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 23, 2018

      I just got back from ma’s and a grey morning has turned quite warm and sunny at the moment, so I had a quick look over the fence. Bluey was down the bank on his own and came up. For a change I didn’t speak to him because I’m not here to feed him every time he wants some food.

      But I was just interested in what he’d do. So he just walked along the pook promenade to below me & never uttered a sound, but he looked at me, and then just quiety lowered his beak to the ground, and repeated this several times. And I remembered, Sweety and the ducks do this too, once they get to know me and have had a feed. If they have a pooklet they display all manner of behaviours as they’re focussed on protecting the bubba. But if they’re on their own, this is how they ask for food.

      The sparrows and the blackbirds have a different approach. The bolder ones among them will fly up and around me to get my attention then land on the lawn or the fence nearby. Or land on the windowsill and look in.

      Last night I watched one poor young mum sparrow. There was a small flock of them all hopping around grabbing grains from wherever the pooks had left any. But there was one young hen who was surrounded by recently fledged young birds, obviously hers and instead of picking up their own grains they’d all run up to her and flutter their wings at her until she gave them whatever she pecked up. Poor wee harrassed mother. No dad in sight, helping out.

      On the way home I also had to slow down and follow another young mum who had a baby trailer on the back of her pushbike and was biking along the main drag, around the roundabout and then down my street, towing her bubba along in this baby-trailer, with much smaller pneumatic tyres than on her bicycle.

      It wasn’t safe to pass her for quite some way. I was in no hurry so I didn’t really mind. But while I’m sure she thought baby would be getting a lovely smooth ride on its outing with her she has no idea with wheels that small and suspension that minimal, no road is THAT smooth. That poor kid was getting a really bumpy ride, and its trailer was getting yanked from side to side as she wasn’t the smoothest bike rider I’ve seen, as well as getting bounced up and down. Never mind the risk of being on the road. Crazy.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 23, 2018

        That mother will probably have a real mess to clean where bub’s been sick all the way. Anyone would be. It’s insane to take such a thing on the open road; the thought of what would happen if someone came around a corner doesn’t bear thinking about.

        The stupidest ever in the history of stupid things to do to a child on the road must be the fool who went down our road on a trail bike. No helmet, but then his solid bone head would be hard to damage. On the back was (I can still see this, once seen, never forgotten) was a little girl, no helmet, no shoes on her dangling feet, nothing between her and the road if anything happened but a little pink dress. The thought of what would happen if her feet were caught in the wheel was sickening. I rang the cops, as it would have been easy to find the biker (only one way out) and they sent someone immediately. I hope he had a long walk home.

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  2. Gezza

     /  November 23, 2018

    I also went down to the Eel Spot at 2 pm to see if I could summon up Granville the shortfin eel for a feed, seeing Elvira & the other longfins seem to be taking a sabbatical somewhere.

    I kept my eye on the rapids and the stream was clear but couldn’t see him & was about to come back up when I looked over the far side and he was circuiting, on the trail of a dog roll chunk I threw in over there. The shape of the stream bed changes frequently & it’s deep all the way across after the last few days of rain flooded it.

    I got him to come on over and to observe him closely again, in good light. He’s quite different looking, has a smaller head, dark eyes and a cute little mouth and attitude. Got a strong bite for such a small mouth, but only if the food is jammed too hard on the stick for him to gently pull it off. Definitely sees better than the longfins. Parts of his body have an iridescent sheen, and his pectoral fins are further forward, closer to his head – although possibly that’s due his being young. His pecs also have a very visible fan pattern, like a suface tatoo, adorning them.

    Elvira turned up as well. Granville skedaddled when she brushed up beside him, but he returned and I was able to feed them both without drama. She’s not really hungry, I suspect. She had about 6 treats and disappeared downstream again.

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    • Fido had so many birthday treats yesterday that he could hardly fit any dinner in. This meant that he was starving tonight and hoovered his meal up. Why anyone would like strips of dead duck that LOOK like it is beyond me, but he’ll stuff down as many as he’s given. .

      I have just seen the emergency signal for phones; it sounds LIKE a phone.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 23, 2018

      I keep hoping that you will have a yellow eel swim up. They are just beautiful. I must say that until I read about the Pookden Eelery, I had never known how beautiful eels can be. Most things in nature are, in their own way. I used to loathe tiger slugs and now wonder why. Even they have a certain beauty, and I would never kill one.

      Who knew that eels have BLUE EYES ?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 23, 2018

        Geese are flying over as they do frequently. Their harsh voices sound all right from this distance. The two dux are still hanging around looking a bit bewildered. I think that they’re a same sex couple, so hope that they don’t imagine that they will have ducklings.

        It was 28 today, and the thermometer had been completely in the shade for quite a long time.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 23, 2018

          Who knew that eels have BLUE EYES ?
          One of our lady posters did. I can’t remember who, but they posted here about the blue eyes. I had only just begun to wonder if their eyes were blue because I’d just started to feed them at the Eel Spot & hadn’t seen them all that close up and at surface then. Only the native longfins seem to have them. Granville’s eyes are black, and not so prominent, but I think he sees better with them.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 23, 2018

        It’s 8.52 pm. I’ve just been outside, looking at the Eel Spot in the late evening from up top to see if any eels were about. Sweety wandered up and we chatted in very low voices over the fence. I gave in and gave her a few wheat grains and then when no more were forthcoming she eventually wandered off down into the foliage. It’s gone dark now, in just a few minutes. While we were just standing there, quietly Granville swam into view. I’m obviously just catching him fortuitously when I feed him – he’s coming down from upstream, so he won’t be getting the scent of the meaty water I’ve been using. He’s very difficult to see because he’s the same colour as the stony & silty stream bed. I think he’s gorgeous. Like the birds, to my surprise, they all have their own distinct personalities and behavioural mannerisms.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 23, 2018

          One thing that is encouraging about Granville is that he always used to do circuits only over the far side. It took a frustrating few weeks to get him to come over to the deep water within smelldar distance of the food on the Feeding Stick. But I noticed this afternoon and just now, this evening, his circuits now include the Eel Spot.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 23, 2018

            Gorgeous moonrise happening over the big northwestern hill. Full moon. Rising up into herringbone clouds. Interesting light effect. Tried to get a photo but cell-camera not good enough to display the poor images. Should clear the clouds in a few minutes.

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            • Gezza

               /  November 23, 2018

              *Northeastern hill.
              I dunno why I ALWAYS say blimmin West when I mean East when referring to moon- or star-rises. 🙄

        • Gezza

           /  November 23, 2018

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