Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pecking order

Yer, i know - am not the best with trying to explain things with words.

So, short story, have, recently been 'snowed in' - real snow, stuff that falls from the sky. A recent "cold snap" - according to the radio forecasters.

What does that mean to where i live? Um; satellite TV dish is snowed in. "Internet" satellite dish is snowed in. There is no "mobile phone" access at the best of times.

Um. Thinks. Already have a reliable, but relatively ancient 4WD motor vehicle. Have at least one person in the locality with a modern 4WD who seems to pass by on a regular basis (and who calls in every Tuesday for a "cuppa" tea - and the sort of "unspoken" and "unofficial" understanding that if he turns up on my doorstep and finds a dead body he, and another friend - and the local 'community' may well "unofficially" choose the "Zorba the Greek" option. In other words, anything portable, useful; and untraceable "will find a good home" .... heh. What they will do with the dead body is under discussion.

However; am not dead yet.

O, meant to write about how myself and the birds ( avians) around here organise themselves under the options of limited food supply.
Yer, am a 'softie'. Went out and raked a patch in the snow. Spread "wildbird" seed.

The first to arrive were the Currawongs. Bigbodied; long, sharp beaks. Apparently omnivorous. Eat everything and threaten attack to anything smaller than them. (and yes, am bigger than them, and it sort of amuses me to "frighten" them). Next to arrive are the Magpies - same size as the Currawongs - also omnivorous - but have a different variation on the simple coloration of "black and white". Have also learned to vocalise a  "chortle".

Next come the "King Parrots" - seed eaters. Vermilion breasts. Next come the Bluecheeked, multi-hued rosellas.

Hiding in the background are the very shy females of the "Satin bowerbird". And yes, apparently only eat fruit and vegetables.

I did, and have - put "half an apple", several apples, quite a few 'tomatos', loaves of bread - out for them ..... but gee,
guess what - the Currawongs can steal and fly away with slices of bread, halves of apple and a whole tomato.

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