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Source: (consider it) Thread: Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
Piglet
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Because we had such fun watching the birds enjoying the contents of the feeder in the garden where we were house-sitting, we decided to get one for the deck of the new Château Piglet.

It's been in place for a couple of days now, and I'm delighted to report that we've had our first guest. I'm not sure what he was (I'm far too short-sighted to be any good as an ornithologist); I think he was something quite ordinary, but he sat on the little perch thingy and had a few mouthfuls before flying off. I do hope he tells all his little friends about the new restaurant ... [Smile]

We had a visit from the neighbourhood robin* about the same time; I don't think he sampled the menu, but I hope he'll be back too.

* North American robins are different from European ones; they're rather bigger, and a more elongated shape, but very appealing all the same.

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Bishops Finger
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Yes indeed - quite a different shape.

My walks to and from the Bus Stop take me along a path through a strip of riverside woodland overlooking a salt marsh, so there's a wide variety of birdlife. The smaller birds (robins, sparrows, finches of various kinds etc., seem to have made a bit of a comeback, given the number of magpies and other larger birds.

I was diverted, whilst waiting for The Bus, to look out onto the river (it's a tidal river), and observe no less than four cormorants all sitting on one small moored motor boat. Its cabin roof (indeed the whole vessel) must need mega-cleaning now...cormorants are fair-sized beasties.

Oh, and there's a swan's nest just near the Bus Route - the eggs should be hatching out soon, but I can't quite see how many there are. It's not advisable to approach too closely.
[Ultra confused]

Happy twitching, Piglet!

IJ

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John Holding

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North American robins are really thrushes.

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Pigwidgeon

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And North American robins are not seed eaters -- apparently European robins also eat insects, worms, etc.?

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Just checked British Robins also belong to the family of thrushes and chats. They are pretty omnivorous eating both seeds, bread and insects. Then, however, I think is true of most of our thrushes.

Jengie

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British Robins have been nesting in our ivy-covered wall, and seem to have brought up the young entirely on fat we hang up.

Its especially for birds, cylindrical in shape, and has to have squirrel baffle underneath, otherwise it would disappear in a couple of days!

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Bishops Finger
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You've invented an effective squirrel baffle?

Hie thee to the Patent Office forthwith, and then to a Manufactory...as long as the baffle isn't like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EnDwkclDcA

[Eek!]

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Love the squirrel video! [Killing me]

The garden where we were house-sitting also had its fair share of squirrels, who would come up to the deck and eat the bits of bird-food which fell from the feeder. Also, the owners had left food for what they called ravens (although we thought they were crows) - it was actually dry dog-food - which we'd put out on the top of the fence if we saw the crows flying about (usually about lunch-time), and again the leftovers were eaten by the squirrels.

Of course, assuming that the cat wasn't doing one of her deck patrols ... [Big Grin]

The Almighty seems to have replenished his stock of raindrops; it's been tipping it all day and it's only 9°. Socks and boots have been reapplied. [Frown]

Oh yes, and we've been invited to a barbecue tomorrow. [Eek!]

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Bishops Finger
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Which is doubtless why it's raining!

Warm and sunny here, but thunderstorms forecast for Sunday, and also Monday (which is a public holiday in the UK).

[Help]

Squirrels can be a bl**dy nuisance, but they are rather engaging little animals. Sometimes.

The part of Scotland where my late Ma lived still has a red squirrel population, fortunately.

IJ

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
You've invented an effective squirrel baffle?

Hie thee to the Patent Office forthwith, and then to a Manufactory...as long as the baffle isn't like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EnDwkclDcA

[Eek!]

IJ

[Killing me] The squirrel in the video probably thought that was the most fun ever! They do love a challenge, and they do like playing and having fun. By the next day his friends had probably joined him in the wonderful amusement park he'd found.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
You've invented an effective squirrel baffle?

Hie thee to the Patent Office forthwith, and then to a Manufactory...as long as the baffle isn't like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EnDwkclDcA

[Eek!]

IJ

Then there's always squirrel fishing.

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Welease Woderwick

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Up a bit earlier today as we are having a visitor - we have a Shipmate flying in at lunchtime for a couple of nights so trying to get everything sort of ready for the delightful Yangtze who has been in Bangalore at a conference all week and is aiming, I think, to decompress before flying back to Blighty early next week.

Decompress with these twins?

[Killing me]

Talking of the twins their very different personalities are showing through:

- girl child wakes up and is up and at 'em and smiling and giggling;

- not-girl child wakes up and sits there for a while looking blearily around glowering a bit then scratches his head for a while then demands food!

Still they both seem to like WW mamen [uncle] so I shouldn't complain - indeed I don't complain!

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That was Yangtze's excuse for not coming out to play - that she's in India.

To reassure you all, I have worked all week, other than Guides on Wednesday evening, and have not gone out anywhere other than an evening meeting which clashed with the only tickets I had on Thursday night. I am, however, meeting Deputy Verger tonight, after helping at a fundraising stall for Guides. Guides is on mega-fundraising mode for a Switzerland trip this summer that I am not doing. I tend to start any holiday with a chest infection, so booking to go to Switzerland for a tough week with Guides just after I finished with my other daily tough challenges felt like an odds against £800 gamble that I'd be fit enough to go.

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Start your fundraising with Pictet et Cie - I'm sure that they will have some interesting suggestions.

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No, no, we have been unable to actually invent a squirrel baffle, but this is a transparent plastic dome which screws to the post holding the bird food, so that the squirrel comes up the post, to find the dome is over his head and he can't reach the food.

It is important, very important, to site the food well away from any possible (and impossible) jumping off places, otherwise the little beast will leap across to the food, bypassing the dome.

It helps if the pole is greased with vaseline, but this is a messy job, best done with an old pair of plastic gloves.

I laughed at the squirrel video, until we found the right site for our fat pole, we had a good laugh at the antics of our resident three squirrels!

Gritting our teeth at the same time.

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quote:
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I am, however, meeting Deputy Verger tonight...

Please give my greetings to Deputy Verger. She's been missed on the Ship.

I've enjoyed visiting with both of you on different trips across the Pond.

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My greetings to D.V. also, please, C.K.

M.

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Nicodemia, there are indeed videos on YouTube of squirrels leaping gaily from all sorts of pots, tubs, poles, branches etc. etc. to circumvent the said dome. In fact, your bird-feeder would probably be best set in the middle of an otherwise completely desert area, but the rest of your garden would look, er, deserted.

A Zen Buddhist garden, perhaps, with rocks, and some gravel, raked periodically by an elderly, smiling monk?

BTW, the obstacle course video is a classic, filmed many years ago, IIRC.

IJ

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All this talk of Yangtze and Deputy Verger makes me think a London summer meet might be a good idea.
I've been enjoying the warm spring evenings this week - walks to pubs and frizbee in our local park.

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Squirrels are indeed very agile; in between scampering up and down the trees the ones in our friends' garden would walk quite happily along the electricity cables.

Nearly half the bird-food has been eaten, and we've seen a few of our little feathered friends perching on the feeder and enjoying its contents. We think the most regular visitor is a rusty blackbird; he seems to really rather like it. [Smile]

The rain appears to have stopped, and the barbecue is going ahead this evening. It's currently 10°, which isn't terribly warm, but at least it might deter the bugs, which ate me alive the other day. [Frown]

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I can confirm that the twins are delightful.

Though I'm not sure they feel the same about me as I just emerged from my room and the went into a frenzy of crying upon seeing me. I have retreated for a shower, maybe if I look a bit more presentable their lovely smiles will return.

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Not-girl child accepted being held by Yangtze later, just before we all went out, but we're not entirely convinced he was fully awake at the time. He is definitely a boy who likes his sleep.

If the weather stays dry I think we are all off to the beach this afternoon.

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BF - said feeder is set in the middle of ground cover plants, like geraniums, ferns etc. There are some bushes of the wavy branch type, no trunks, nothing heavier than a blackbird can sit on them (and then he's not too happy!). Certainly cannot function as squirrel launch.

Better than a desert. Foiled squirrels. [Snigger]

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Curiosity killed ...

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I passed M's and Pigwidgeon's messages on to Deputy Verger, who said she'd try to log in and say hello, but she and I were complaining about how busy w*rk is for both of us and she's having even less time off than I am.

GeeD, I am not sure how Pictet and Cie would help fundraising in the UK.

I meant to say the threat level is being taken seriously, I saw two pairs of armed policemen walking back down the South Bank to the tube. Obviously armed, holding large guns in their arms as they walked along.

[ 28. May 2017, 09:57: Message edited by: Curiosity killed ... ]

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Gee D
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quote:
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GeeD, I am not sure how Pictet and Cie would help fundraising in the UK.

I had thought that you were going to Switzerland to raise funds there - there does seem to be a bit of spare money floating around from time to time.

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Curiosity killed ...

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It's a local Guide trip to Switzerland - Our Chalet, with Girl Guides from both local groups and the Senior Section going. The cost is nearly £1000 per person. Those intending to travel, leaders and girls, have each been charged £800, and we are fundraising to find the money for the additional costs.

Yesterday's joy was stalls selling plants, nearly new clothes, books and cakes.

[ 28. May 2017, 11:45: Message edited by: Curiosity killed ... ]

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'High up, high on a mountain, we founded our chalet.... '

I will now be singing that for a week!

M.

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Nicodemia said:

Certainly cannot function as squirrel launch.

Hmm. Maybe, but I bet the little beggars could work it out eventually. Don't forget, some of them can fly ......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-FHzf4xnWw

Alas, I don't think we have any of these in the UK..

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Bishops Finger
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...or these, found Down Under:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_glider

Isn't God's Creation wonderful?

[Big Grin]

IJ

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quote:
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... He is definitely a boy who likes his sleep ...

Sounds like a man after mine own heart. [Snore]

We had a very enjoyable evening at the barbecue yesterday; although the weather wasn't that warm, it was just warm enough to be comfortable sitting outside, and the food and company were excellent.

It's another lovely day today - currently 11° but due to go up to 20° - but I think we may enjoy it while it lasts, as there appear to be rather a lot of raindrops in the forecast for the rest of the week.

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WW and I are enjoying a very fine mini-Shipmeet. I suspect no-one will be surprised when I say food has featured highly.

Tonight Himself presented us with not one, not two but three puddings.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
...or these, found Down Under:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_glider

Isn't God's Creation wonderful?

[Big Grin]

IJ

Edited to add actual content! [Hot and Hormonal]

We have possums down here, unrelated to squirrels. They eat flowers and fruit and whatever they can scrounge to indulge a sweet tooth. Ringtailed and brushtailed possums hold raucous roof top parties which sound like drunken orgies, The young ones use the pitch of roof as a slide and the older ones dance and carouse. They use the electricity wires from street to house as a highway, often coming to grief when they touch two at once. In NZ,the tubular hollow fur is spun to make very warm yarn which is sold as warm hats. And also as underclothing for winter.

[ 28. May 2017, 22:25: Message edited by: Lothlorien ]

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Curiosity killed ...

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Today's entertainment has been seeing the Unthanks new project, playing the songs of Molly Drake, Nick Drake's mother, with his sister Gabrielle Drake reading some of the poems, recorded for most of the tour, but present today.

I also saw the Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain. An amazing variety of styles over the 60 year career, some of which I loved, some left me cold. His recent stuff is amazing.

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quote:
Originally posted by Yangtze:
WW and I are enjoying a very fine mini-Shipmeet. I suspect no-one will be surprised when I say food has featured highly.

Tonight Himself presented us with not one, not two but three puddings.

...plus mango lassi!

I have just been summoned to breakfast but am still over-full from last night's supper!

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That calls for a summary execution of said matinal feast. And then another lie-in? [Smile]

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[Big Grin]

You know me too well!

[Hot and Hormonal]

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We have just dropped Yangtze at the airport to catch a late flight back to Bangalore - what a sweetie that woman is!

Now I'm going to bed; up early in the morning to go back to the Hospital - it's all go!

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Glad to hear that you entertained Yangtze as we would have expected of you! [Smile]

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Traffic chaos in Paris last night. Getting anywhere on the left bank took bloody ages. For this we thank Vladimir Putin [Roll Eyes] . (Clearly inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of Parisian commuters is also part of his nefarious plan for world domination)

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And well done to your new President for standing up to him!

* * * *

My vision problems are [slowly] decreasing so my eyes are improving but in the meantime I have been walking a lot less and have now developed Peripheral Oedema [technically known as swelling] in my left foot. My Dr at the eye hospital doesn't think it is her fault so tomorrow I'm off to see a physician about it.

All good fun!

I'm hoping the new Dr will just tell me to walk more as I don't really need peeing pills!

Meanwhile the twins remain wonderful, we had to check Yangtze hadn't put one or both in her luggage as she was very taken with them.

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Is there anybody else who is a friend of Smudgelet of FB? Have you notice any indication of gain in his avoirdupois?

Chub, chub!

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Pills do nothing. I foresee elastic stockings in your future.

Or just walk more. Don't fuss with sawbones.

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Glad to hear your eyes are improving, WW; hope the foot problem clears itself up too.

Another lovely day here (20° and sunny at the moment) and the birdies have been having a rare feast chez Piglet. We've already refilled the feeder twice since we got it at the weekend - D. reckoned he'd better fill it last night before bedtime, in case they came tapping at the window in the morning looking for their breakfast ... [Big Grin]

We have a few visitors that we think are grackles, who can't seem to get enough of the seeds (although they're very messy eaters - a fair few end up on the grass).

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quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
any indication of gain in his avoirdupois?


speak English, bwoy !

[ 31. May 2017, 10:21: Message edited by: Wet Kipper ]

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Welease Woderwick

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Because my eyes are a bit slow these days I read Iridescent Grackle as Indecent Grackle for a moment there, I thought it sounded like my sort of bird!

As for 20C - for me that is bedsocks & fleece weather!

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Welease Woderwick

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On further thought:

They declared Monsoon yesterday after the required several consecutive days of rain...

...so, predictably, today the sun is cracking the flags!

[ 31. May 2017, 10:39: Message edited by: Welease Woderwick ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
On further thought:

They declared Monsoon yesterday after the required several consecutive days of rain...

...so, predictably, today the sun is cracking the flags!

Just like a drought in Britain. Seven dry days between June and September, and drought is declared. Even if it tips down in Wales, which provides water for most of the Midlands, the "Drought warning" will remain in place until the first sn*w in England.

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I'd say it's probably another manifestation of Murphy's Law ...

... the same law that prevented D. from cutting the grass yesterday, so it rained this morning.

I'm messing about on here before we embark on our research of one of the few eateries in Fredericton that we haven't tried yet; it's part of a golf club complex, but we were informed by friends that it's rather good, with steaks being a speciality on Wednesdays.

happy piglet - will report back [Smile]

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So how was the steak, O gastronomically reporting Piglet?

Hot and humid here in Ukipperland, with thunderstorms forecast for tomorrow. Auntie Pat The Gardener and I planted some nice plants in the garden at Church yesterday (well, Auntie Pat did the planting, whilst I quietly tumbled down some steps), so hopefully the new plants will be well watered by Sunday!

I'm taking a break from Our Place this w/e, being a bit fed-up with a pseudo-RC service, coupled with naff worship songs, and hope to re-visit my local church (inclusive MOTR, lady Vicar, excellent organist, lots of young families).

IJ

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Today was the day the frazzled parent bluetit (I only saw one) brought the clutch to the garden to show them my bird table and feed them from the fat block. They were buzzing about hither and thither and perching awkwardly about on strings and the clothes line and rose stems. Too fast to have many opportunities to get pictures, and I never managed to get one of them actually transferring food.
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Never mind - they were there! And, hopefully, will be back soon...

[Big Grin]

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