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

     /  December 8, 2018

    3 siblings. Same age. All perfectly capable of looking after themselves and getting their own food now. This looks like it might be the one still living with mum in its 30s.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 8, 2018

      They’re what Italians call mammoni; mother’s boys who won’t leave home.

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    • Gezza

       /  December 8, 2018

      Yep. Sounds familiar. Bluey gets all aggro with me whenever they’ve got a new pooklet. It was only after Ivan Mallard called his bluff and bullied all of them except Sweety that I realised it was all running at me with flapping wings and full-on shrieking, but all I have to do is spin round, look him in the eye, wag my finger at him and say: “HEY! Bluey! Cut that OUT!”

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 8, 2018

        A friend’s dog was attacked by mynahs for no reason at all as he walked along minding his own business. This happened frequently to the poor doggy.

        A man I knew who was once a postie in Taranaki said that it was dreadful there with the magpies making his life a misery at those times.

        I would love to hear the Waikato ones who fly around squawking ‘Fucking magpies !’ . The ones who occasionally land on the birdtable are there too seldom to learn to repeat what I call them as I rattle a stone off their heels.

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        • Gezza

           /  December 8, 2018

          All three of my pooks are behaving in an exemplary manner at the present time. Alex is gaining courage and walked up cautiously & had breakfast on his own over the fence this morning. He had been calling for his mum or dad & is obviously now set up with his own pad at night.. One of the two adults is sitting on the nest somewhere under cover in the foliage over the far side at all times, so they visit separately.

          A hen mallard swam by last night with six rather large teenagers in tow, so she has managed to beat the odds – most ducklings don’t make it past 3 or 4 days around here.

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        • Gezza

           /  December 8, 2018

          A chaffinch (rarely seen at Pookden Manor) flew in & joined the little squadron of sparrows two mornings ago. He was about the same size as most of them, there seem to be a lot of very young, small, sparrows, mostly hens. Unfortunately a very rude male sparrow dive bombed him from out of a tall tree & he took off immediately.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 8, 2018

            There are a lot of slender, small sparrers here, too. Chaffinches and goldfinches are not rare in the area, and swallers are being seen in greater numbers now. The first time I saw a chaffinch in the street, I thought it was someone’s pet.

            What an ignorant, impolite sparrer. None of mine are like that, even the ones who mug other sparrers.

            What a kindred spirit; a man up the road who loves birds and rescues them when they need it. They trust him and let him stroke and kiss them, as I do when I am consoling one. There is nothing more charming than being trusted by a wild bird.

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            • Gezza

               /  December 8, 2018

              Yes indeed. Cheekybird here agrees with you. I always enjoy her visits – this was this morning.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 9, 2018

              What a sweetheart.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 8, 2018

              I once saw some people who had a colony of penguins under their house and were complaining about it. The penguins were too noisy. I can think of few things more enchanting than having penguins under the house. If the noise and smell were a bit much, I’d have the floor lined.

              The mynahs who attacked poor doggy as he walked along the street did him some nasty injuries and he ended up at the vet with abcesses.

              Sparrers are the street urchins of the bird world; cheeky, brazen, the ultimate survivors. Look how they came back when they were almost wiped out.

            • Gezza

               /  December 8, 2018

              My younger brother lived in Eastbourne and little blue penguins abounded. There are signs on the road to take care and watch for them as they often cross the road. Yes, they are very cute. but the smell was a problem.

              Cheekybird is a delight. She likes to turn up on her own after the early morning squadron has departed and will hover outside the window or come up onto the ledge and look thru to get my attention. She’s the only one at the moment who will hop inside onto the windowsill to get a grain.

              She usually picks one or two up off the brick window ledge & then hops along and stretches up, looking over the bottom of the frame to see if there are any on the windowsill as well. She has a pronounced seam down the front, which is unusual, so is easy to recognise.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 9, 2018

              I wonder if lining the floor with foil would stop the pong. I can think of few things more delightful than having penguins in the house.

              One rather forlorn sparrer turned up too late…crumbs were left, but that was about it.

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