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Dydh da diworth Kernow
Mon 23-Aug-10
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Me too, Danuta, especially the widlife - just joshing!  big_laugh

Just at the end of the balcony, there is a small gap in the stones of the wall, and some sparrows have made a nest in there - I'm not sure, but I think they have been raising more than one brood this year. In the evenings, the chattering going on in there is a real delight - tho the parents are busy busy busy to-ing and fro-ing into the little gap.

Quite disappointed though, that on this visit we haven't seen the barn owl - and I was hoping to get some feathers for Kate's hatmaking.

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 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Mon 23-Aug-10
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BS, are they tree or house sparrows?  It's not unusual for them to have two broods a year.

wave Hi Danuta!

I'll try that again!

Tue 24-Aug-10
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House sparrows - and we seem to have quite a collection of nests in and around the garden. (Though I have seen tree sparrows in the garden too.) I put out wildbird seed and on some occasions I have seen about 30 sparrows at one time, together with chaffinches and bluetits and great tits. On one very rare occasion, I saw a hawfinch - I thought my eyes were deceiving me, because it looked bigger than the others - that's because it was !!!!

The goldfinches always appear as a pair - we have redstarts and black redstarts, wagtails, blackbirds, starlings, and of course the resident kestrel who flies into the archway each evening, and perches high up on a sticky-outy brick just under the apex of the archway.

The swallows perform some amazing acrobatics just to take a drink from the pool, and they're not fazed by people in it, either!! I suspect though that they will be on their way soon. Sadly.

Although a little wren has converted a swallows nest from last year, and found lots of moss to build up the nest until there is just a little hole into it. Amazing creatures.

Sorry, TA, I got a bit carried away ......  but then, you know me .....  big_hug

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 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Tue 24-Aug-10
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Oh no, don't apologize for talking about birds!  Love the story of the Wren, they are named Troglodyte - Troglodyte because they build caves as nests, charming little creatures and one of the loudest voices of the song-birds.  You have an amazing variety of birds there,  the Haw-finch is one that has eluded me so  far - I would be in paradise!  Which Wagtails do you have?

I'll try that again!

Tue 24-Aug-10
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Pied wagtails, they run around like roadrunners!!!

We haven't seen the hoopoe this visit - they were coming down to the newly-cut lawn every day (they don't like it up 'em big_laugh, you see!) when we were here in June, but since arriving this time, no sign of 'em!

I have seen the turtle dove though " almost daily it will be sitting on the big cable supplying electricity or phone or summat, and hearing its little purring sound as it watches the world go by.

Golly " look at the time " it's 1.30 here. Oops!

Me, I'm off to that pillow for a bit of shut-eye.

Night night peeps,

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"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

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 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Tue 24-Aug-10
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TA,

you are right,  looks like Firefox is the better browser for this forum. Will use it in future.

 

Paul

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I'm glad that something works for you Paul. smile

I'll try that again!

Tue 24-Aug-10
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Thats a lot of birds Brightspark, you must feed them well. I had a goldfinch for a few years after his wing was chewed off by a cat. Beautiful little bird, I bought him a canary as a companion. Then I put a cockatiel in with them because she was getting bullied. He took one look at her and went "wow thats a big woman!" His affections were all for her after that and the canary was left sitting forlornly at the other end of the perch. Teasel, as we called him, would snuggle under Scruffy Duffy's wing, it was very sweet to see them together.

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Tue 24-Aug-10
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Wonderful!  smile ok

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Wed 25-Aug-10
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What a wonderful picture you painted there Ruthie! 

I'll try that again!

Wed 25-Aug-10
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Ahhh, glad you liked it. I've had all sorts sharing my life over the years. Took in a lot of sick and injured wild birds, hence the collection of birds with bits missing that are with me still. Suffered a lot of heartache but gathered profound inspiration from some and a few funny stories too. If you've got a free couple of minutes I could tell you about a very disabled pigeon, his wives (not all pigeons or even birds!) and his ultimate success in life. I have to warn you though, its a bit racy in parts!

 

I discovered the "story in 4 words" thread last night and it cheered me up immensely after a pretty rotten day. Thank you to all involved in that madness, I'm going back for another (medicinal) dose before bedtime tonight.big_laugh

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Thu 26-Aug-10
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Ruthie, I've all the time in the world and would love to hear any of your stories.

I'll try that again!

Thu 26-Aug-10
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Really? Well, Pebble was a baby pigeon who fell from his nest one wet, cold november night. He was a pretty bird but had awful sight problems. Hold up two fingers and he'd peck the one in the middle. I thought he'd never learn to feed himself, he walked backwards and when he tried to fly he did that backwards too. Gradually though he mastered all the basics and I moved him to the aviary, amongst rooks, crows, pigeons and Dinky, a dwarf rabbit. Pebby soon discovered Dinky's bed of warm hay and moved in. She wasn't pleased but he was stubborn and they ended up sharing. Pebble followed her everywhere, and they developed a friendship that in turn led to love. Pebbly would nuzzle her ears and whisper "Dinky darling, sweetheart, may I?" and she would sigh and say "Oh go on, if you must." He'd then climb up onto her back, sidle carefully onto her head and, well, give her a lovely ear rub... and they both felt satisfied to some degree. In spring he'd bring her gifts of twigs in hope of building a nest. She taught him that twigs were not acceptable and he learnt instead to bring her blades of grass which she ate while he nestled against her furry side. They really were the sweetest couple and they had many happy years together until one morning I found Pebble guarding Dinky's cold, stiff body.

Poor Pebble of course was grief stricken and lost without Dinky, but its not the end of his story. Send a smiley if you'd like to know what happened next.

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"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

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 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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