Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sunday Selections #165

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week my theme is greed.

Each day at least five or six bird species visit us, and many of them eat from our feeders.  The pigeons are particularly insistent about their need for sustenance - and cram a quite astonishing number onto the feed trays.



The corellas, who are also greedy but not nearly so numerous are unimpressed.  They watch for a while...



and then take quite exceptional measures to get all the food to themselves.  They squeeze onto whichever of the feeders they can - and then throw the pigeons off.  Violently.  Dragging them  by the tail feathers and dropping them over the side is not uncommon.  And any pigeon who has the audacity to turn round and challenge the corellas is soundly rapped.  When I can watch without laughing, I will take a video of the scene.

The other greed I am featuring this week is mine.  Two sorts.

When the plumbers destroyed two garden beds and after some plant death in our long hot summer I felt justified in ordering a few spring bulbs.  As did my smaller portion.



And now we have four boxes of Spring bulbs to squeeze into the ground.  I am not going to admit just how many - but three figures is insufficient.  Oops.  Much weeding is underway.  Much work is required.  And, come spring when the blood, sweat and tears are a dim memory I will rejoice.

Yesterday afternoon, after I had weeded the back garden into a semblance of submission, the skinny one planted 50 liliums (twice flowering Matisse lilies and twice flowering Oriental liliums) since they were already shooting when they arrived.  The rest of the lilies will be squeezed somewhere into the front gardens.  

Some of you will remember I did a book cull recently.  The Lifeline book fair took place this weekend.  I wasn't going (really I wasn't).  Then my youngest brother rang and asked me to do a favour for him and pick up a dictionary when I went to the book fair.  So I went.  And picked up his dictionary.  And one or six other books too.  Oops again.




106 comments:

  1. Hee, hee, that is not what I would call a book cull. More like a book FULL. You will love those flowers in the spring, just about the time all our leaves are falling and I will love them, too. Hugs to you!

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    1. DJan: It was hard to walk away, knowing that there were more books I wanted. And it is still on today - and the already cheap books will be further discounted. And I am not going back.

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  2. Too many on that feeder, ha ha, they'll topple over. Lovely Corellas.

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    1. Bob Bushell: They stand on each others backs and push and shove. Sometimes there are so many of the feeder that they can't get to the food...

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  3. Copy cat! I called my birds Mr Greedy first :-)

    I'd love to watch your bird feeders and I love the visual of the corellas ruffling feathers. What a hoot! We don't get so many fisticuffs here. I'd like to say it's because we have a better class of birds (not like those ruffian Australians) but really its because the birds are SO fussy and they all eat different things so I've been a complete doormat and given them individual feeders with various seeds and nuts set at various heights depending on the species. Not to mention home made suet balls for the woodpeckers, apples on the ground for the blackbirds (and in the trees for the waxwings). No wonder we get so many freeloaders :-)

    Phew! I'm not feeling nearly so bad with my humble 500 bulbs planted last autumn. How funny that BOTH of you bought bulbs. My Swede never buys plants and always refers to himself as the "only the spade operator" if anyone asks about a flower. It's amazing what you'll fit into your garden if you really put your mind to it. And those bulbs are always so tempting. I'm already making a list for this autumn (though God only knows where I'll put them...)

    Ha, ha re the books. I was thinking you might say that you'd bought some of your own books back. You are as bad as me. I've never been to a market or second hand shop without coming out with an armful of books. And like bulbs in the garden, there's always room for just one more book in the bookshelf :-)

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    1. Marie: At some stage every day there will be a beak to beak confrontation. And pecking order is very, very real. We have multiple feeders and also hang apples - which have to be green it seems. They will eat the red ones, but reluctantly. And we spread food on the ground and grow plants which also feed them. Sadly this includes my tulips and the camellias.
      There isn't room in our bookcases, and possibly not in the garden. But room will be made.

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  4. Hahaha! Oops... You can't expect me to believe that you'd REALLY stay away from the book fair, do you? Balderdash with a side of not falling for that trick.

    I would love to watch the bird version of boxing. Pigeons are such oinkers. I didn't think anything could persuade them to leave. Pulling them out by the tail feathers? Order box seats for me!

    Just a "few" bulbs, huh? Well, that's why you have such gorgeous gardens. I'm so glad you share all of your photos with us on a weekly basis. They do much to restore my sense of beauty in the world, which is otherwise sadly lacking.

    Hugs!

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    1. River Fairchild: I did mean to stay away from the book fair. Really I did. But you, and my brother know me better than I do myself. Watching the corellas - and it is always the same ones, pulling the pigeons across the feeder is a hoot. Sometimes they reach across from one feeder to drag them off the other...

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  5. Please don't be too hard on EC...she plants extras for me since I now live in the tropics and have to get a virtual fix from her place.

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    1. dinahmow: So that is why I bought so many. I am hoping that the gardens blaze in a few months. And, since it is now light, will be heading out to weed and weed and weed some more in a bit. And perhaps plant some more liliums. The other bulbs are not as urgent. Yet.

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    2. EC, do you think I can also pass some of the blame onto Dinahmow for the boxes of bulbs sitting, waiting, at my house? I couldn't resist either... Those Corellas are tough guys, aren't they?love your photos and hilarious stories!

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    3. Carol: Bulbs are irresistible aren't they? When the garden porn catalogues start arriving in my mail box (real and virtual) I know I am going to weaken - and succumb. Not usually quite this comprehensively though.

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  6. So you went a little overboard with the bulbs and the books.....you can have all that gardening but I'm jealous of all the books.

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    1. Delores: I love my garden as much as I do my books. It is harder work though. Much harder work.

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  7. I don't like pigeons much ~ so good on the corella for asserting his authority. You never cease to amaze me Sue ~ 4 boxes of bulbs ~ really? You will be rewarded for your energy!! I need a new Thesaurus ~ mine has got lost along the way somewhere ~ nothing like a real dictionary/thesaurus instead of using the Internet.

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    1. Carol in Cairns: We have several dictionaries, and Theraurus (what is the plural?) too. And a dictionary sits beside me as I read.
      And the bulbs will reward us - which is just as well because there is a LOT of work ahead.

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    2. I have two dictionaries and two thesaurus within arms reach too, by the computer and on the bedside.

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    3. River: They are wonderful things. I was shocked at how cheap the one I bought for my brother was too. An English Oxford dictionary, hard back, in as new condition for $5. It is a few years old, but will still be considerably newer than the one it is replacing.

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  8. I can't wait to see the video. I really dislike pigeons. Your spring flowers will be spectacular.

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    1. Andrew: Hopefully I will take the video in the next few days - it really is a hoot. The pigeons persist and the corellas slap them down...

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  9. Yeah! Yeah! Blame it on your brother! He's not here to defend himself!!!

    It's kinda "bottoms up!" with the pigeons. You'll have to get some colourful Bonds panties for them!

    I hope amongst the books there are a couple for the cats...they're going to be annoyed if there aren't any by the looks of it! :)

    I'm looking forward to when all your new lillies are in bloom.

    Have a good week, EC. :)

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    1. Lee: Of course it was his fault. I wasn't going to go the book fair... and I am sticking to that.

      I do have rather a lot of butt shots of the pigeons. Greedy blighters.

      We are also looking forward to blooming lilies, and daffodils, and iris and sparaxus and....

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  10. I need corellas, to sort the starlings and cowbirds.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: They are beautiful - and they are bullies. And I love them.

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  11. Hilarious - I have so many books to read at the moment that I would not dare to go near a book fair!
    And I wish we had corellas here, to deal with the mynahs!

    Some advice please EC - you are already planting bulbs? My books say it's too soon... I have 3 bags full in the fridge and I intend to buy MANY MORE this afternoon ;)
    Do you use bulb fertiliser at all? In my old garden I just used to bung them in but the soil at our new house is predominantly clay, and poor, (in spite of having paid a fortune for numerous loads of topsoil Grrrr)

    Oh for some time to spend in my garden!!

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    1. Alexia: Our bulb books say it is too early too. However, the bulbs that are in the ground seem to disagree. They are shooting. And one crocus has already flowered!!!! So long as your nights are cooling down you could probably put them in - at worst they would sulk for a bit.
      I do add blood and bone and dynamic lifter (chook poo) while I am planting the bulbs. They are heavy feeders. Sadly Jewel follows me, digs up the bulbs and snorts the fertiliser - crack cocaine for cats. So I plant bulbs after I have shut her inside. At the moment I am only planting the liliums because they are in urgent need. If I was more on top of the weeding I would be planting everything.

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  12. I want to see a video of the corellas ejecting the pigeons. I can't stop laughing to picture it. So you went to the book sale where your purged books are being resold and bought more, but glad you got that dictionary. I mean you had to go, for your bro!

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    1. Strayer: I will do my best to take that video in the next few days. I laugh every time I see it - while feeling a bit guilty.

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  13. OMG - I had to laugh so hard while reading this post, especially the "one or six" books and then I saw the photos... (this would be so me, by the way). Good luck with planting all these bulbs - that is a LOT, but it will be SO beautiful in the spring and then the pain of planting all of them will be long forgotten.
    So pigeons are in Australia as well. Is there any country in the world that is pigeon-free? I don't think so. Luckily, so far the pigeons haven't discovered my bird feeders, but the mourning doves love to visit. They are quite cute, though. Very shy, though.

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    1. Carola Bartz: We have native pigeons and doves too, but they are much less numerous - and pushy.
      We do have an excessive number of bulbs - but will squeeze them in somewhere. And yes, the pain will be forgotten when they bloom.
      Nice to hear someone else who cannot resist a book. Or several.

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  14. You write such a vivid description of Darwinian nature, right there on your own veranda. I'm having a mental image of birds doing bad things to other birds as they fight over the bird feeder… and it makes me smile.

    Ok. I'm sick.

    Of course you needed all those bulbs. Of course you need more books! (Please, especially buy more books, so I can feel less guilty buying mine!) I'm thinking of when I was at the nice art shop buying a big stack of paper earlier in the month. I told the friendly employee I'd been chatting with, "I need more paper like I need more diseases!" And I still smile broadly just thinking of my stack of paper. Enjoy things while you can. (Think of the bulbs and books as medical necessities, if it makes you feel better. The bulbs are physical therapy, and the books are very important mental stimulation. See--they are essentials!)

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): How lovely to see you. I was hoping you were finding/stealing time to play on the computer.
      You are not alone in your sickness. The smaller portion and I were gob-smacked the first time we saw a pigeon being dragged off the feeder. And smiled. Loudly.
      I love your theory that my self-indulgence is a medical necessity. And it is a bit like the smaller portion's approach to medication - if one is good then five is obviously MUCH better. But, other than poverty and aching muscles has less side effects.

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  15. This post made me smile all the way through, especially when I came to how you just had to get those books ;)

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    1. DeniseinVA: I really had no choice in the matter...

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  16. More bulbs? Of course...you need them.
    More books? Of course...you needed them too.
    Your post today made me smile and I can't wait to see the video of the corellas belting the pigeons. Over here we are told not to feed wild birds. Do they encourage it in Canberra. My half-brother down in Margaret River used to feed lots of birds but he gradually stopped doing so as he found them fouling everything in his garden. "Bird poop everywhere" were his words. I think he had loads of magpies come in each day but not sure what other birds but being in the country I imagine there were lots of them. Did you know we shouldn't feed ducks, swans etc with bread. I only found that out a few years back and yet we'd been doing it for years.
    Thanks again for a very interesting Sunday Selections.

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    1. Mimsie: Feeding the wild birds is a contentious topic. Lots of people say that we shouldn't, that we make them dependent on us, and that we feed them the wrong things.
      Cutting down their habitat takes away lots of their natural foods. I try and ensure that the food we give them is healthy, and plant things in the garden for them to enjoy as well.
      And yes, there is rather a lot of bird poo here too. Small price to pay.

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  17. Ahhh ... bulbs and books ... and I counted lots more than six books :) You must feel quite satisfied tonight. And why not go back to the book sale? You need to read like you need to eat, and it's a less expensive way to do it. You can always pass them back to the sale for next year.

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    1. jenny_o: Well yes, there are more than six books. The skinny one bought some too - and I will read most of his while he will not read mine. I already have a substantial unread tower, so am calling it quits. And there will be another two book fairs this year...

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  18. one or six books......ha ha! I probably couldn't have resisted either. Titles please?
    Four boxes of bulbs? Crikey! I'm a little worried about when mine arrive...where the heck will I put them all? In pots of course, but my porch space is very limited. I'll put a few pots out in the garden and hope the ants don't get into them too much. I think we have half of SA's ant population concentrated in the front yard here.
    I'm having a loud laugh at the thought of Corellas pulling pigeons off the feeders. I really would like to see that.

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    1. River: I have absolutely no will power where books or plants are concerned. Which is probably more than evident. Most of the books are biographies and memoirs. When I can bring them down here I will send you an email with the titles.

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    2. River...I feel your pain re the ants.....I think our house was built on a massive ant hill.

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    3. Delores: And here. I can cope with them in the garden, but I really, really don't like it when they march inside.

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  19. That has to be fun to watch the corellas and pigeons! I can't wait to see all the plants in bloom! Not sure what we are going to plant this year. I thinki it will be a challenge with the puppy. The corgi is so good about plants, but the puppy.... She is already having wrestling matches with a small weeping tree and some ornamental grass!

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    1. Teresa: Welcome back - I hope your mother is continuing to do better. The puppy will learn - and you love her anyway.

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  20. Birds, bulbs and books. What a post.

    T'would be a sight to see the corellas ditching the pigeons.
    The big white cockies don't need to get too physical, they lurch towards the smaller birds and the message gets through, loud and clear.

    Sad that you lost so many bulbs via the plumbers :(
    I imagine you had a great time perusing the catalogues though.
    Remember to toast each other after planting them all - to a job well done.

    Now seriously, who can resist casting one's eyes around the book-laden tables, and picking up "just a few more" bargains?
    I know I can't. I love book fairs. There's a local one in October, and I can't wait. Wish it were held sooner than that.





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    1. Vicki: Some of our corellas see off the cockatoos as well - they are seriously aggressive. Bully boys of the bird world.
      I did love going through the catalogues. Garden porn - and I succumbed big time.
      The LL book fair is huge - and they keep putting more books out all weekend. Bliss.

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  21. Oh, I feel badly for the birds! I hate to see any birds, critters, creatures, etc. being mean to one another. Makes me sad....
    But on the happy side of your post >>> I say, One can never have too many books, or too many flowers/bulbs!! :)

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    1. BECKY: You are making me feel a bit guilty here. I do dislike meanness, but the pigeons don't let anything else get a feed. And it does look funny.
      And I probably could have too many books and too many bulbs - but I haven't reached saturation yet.

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  22. By the Small Gods your garden shall be a riot of colour, an absolute paradise I'll bet. And more books. And why not? Being greedy is good for the soul occasionally *smiles.

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    1. All Consuming: At the moment the gardens are an absolute riot of weeds. They are diminishing though. They have to if I am to have room for all those bulbs. And I love that I will have forgotten the pain by the time they bloom.

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  23. I've got the same challenge when I get around books. ;)

    Hurrah for all of those bulbs, I bet that's going to have fantastic results!

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    1. mail4rosey: Bookaholics anonymous anyone?

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  24. I need to be taking advantage of our current medium weather to sit outside and enjoy nature. You cannot miss seeing some creature activity that will awe you or tickle you funny bone. My chickens as well as the birds in the trees will entertain as will critters in the tall grass. Plus I can watch my neighbors plant their garden on my land. They share their crops with me in return for using my property and I begin drooling the minute I know what all they are going to be sharing:)

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    1. Granny Annie: Watching the birds, (and people) is a daily delight. I love that you share your property and your neighbours share their produce. True community.

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  25. I don't know who I adore more, the panther or the white goddess bird!

    XXXXXXX LOVE to you, my dearest S.

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    1. My Inner Chick: Jewel is the panther in these photos - and she would LOVE a corella to call her very own. Or a cockatoo. An ambitious cat.

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  26. HA! I laughed out loud at those corellas. Please, please get their antics on video!

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    1. Cathy Oliffe-Webster: I will do my best to capture the bully boys at their work. Of course yesterday they were relatively restrained. A bit of pushing and a bit of swearing...

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  27. did you ever think how important you are to those birds? I am so proud to know you!

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    1. mohave rat: We get soooo much more from the birds than we are able to give them. But thank you.

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  28. Like Mohave Rat wrote: you are a treasure to so many birds. I love pigeons, but then I am not a statue! Planting so many bulbs must prove painful to your lower back. Ouch!

    I have 7 book shelves -- one that goes the length of my entire front room. My house looks like a library. Ah, it is one actually -- just a private one. Luckily, I have a Kindle that has nearly as many books stored in it, for when I am on the road. Your furry book lover reminds me of Gypsy, my old cat. :-)

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    1. Roland D. Yeomans. With the exception of the bathrooms we have bookcases in every room. And most of them are stacked three and four deep. Greed is king here.
      It was Jewel who was admiring the books and reclining on the bulb boxes. It is usually Jazz who is the photobomber.
      All of me will hurt before I finish planting those bulbs. It will be worth it though.

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  29. Hi Sue,

    The video is eagerly waited. You are definitely a blessing to those birds. Although pigeons have become rather scarce where I live.

    I like the alliteration within your posting. Birds, bulbs, books, beautiful. I would like to cull a few books. Although I shall hang on to my Dr. Seuss books...

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: Of course you should hang onto your Dr Seuss books. Forever. At least.
      You know I hadn't noticed the alliteration until you pointed it out? Thank you - and a great day and week to you.

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  30. Hi EC, your posts often remind me of things and today I'm reminded of the expressions 'eat like a horse' and 'eat like a bird'. The intended meanings should be reversed as horses eat a much smaller percentage of their bodyweight each day compared to birds. But thank goodness horses don't fly ;)

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    1. Kim: Flying horses? Now there is a scary thought. It is bad enough being hit with a bird strike...

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  31. See, I told you birds were assholes! It make me laugh that we have the expression "eat like bird" for people who don't eat much, yet birds eat three times their weight each day and are violent about food. I love the last picture. Feeding your own greed is just fine :)

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    1. Riot Kitty: Corellas, while beautiful, are certainly aggressive bully boys. And some birds eat a damn sight more than three times their own weight - and they do it here.
      I am really, really enjoying the first of the books I picked up. And making sorties into the garden at intervals too. If I weed every day until Christmas I might get on top of it. Perhaps.

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  32. Oh jeez Louise what are we going to do with the pair of you, lol? Though that said, I will be the first in line to view the photographs next spring....!

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    1. Gillie: You had better be prepared for the long haul. If even a smidgeon of this years purchases flower there will be a LOT of photos - even by my standards.

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  33. Glad to see you furry assistant!
    How nice to see your furry assistant! I wonder at your bird neighbors, and feel glad to see your new bulbs full of promise, my friend :-)

    ALOHA from Honolulu
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    1. Cloudia: Jewel has to inspect each and every new item. These - she approved.

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  34. Your photos always cheer me and the bit about the pigeons vs. the corellas def. had me cracking up. Pigeons overrun this city, though I find them to be charming (in the morning I am awakened to a symphony of coos). Here they mainly quarrel with one another.

    Hope you have a lovely week!

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    1. Raquel Somatra: Of course since I put up that post the corellas have been 'moderately' civilised. The camera is waiting though... And a lovely week to you too.

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  35. The Mourning Doves and Grackles are eating everything in site at my feeders! Happy planting!

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    1. Karen: Happy(?) weeding comes first. Rather a lot of it.

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  36. I can picture the birds! Getting more books isn't greedy, just call it research.

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    1. Betty: I might use that line, but I think everyone around me would sneer.

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  37. I definitely would love to see a video of this battle! Brave lil thing!

    The photos were beautiful as always!

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    1. Deb: I will post that video when the corellas next oblige - or when they do so when I am watching.

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  38. I don't think I've ever seen a corella. They're pretty, and look to be wearing a
    pope's hat.

    Be well, EC.
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    1. Rawknrobyn: Corellas are pretty - but their behaviour is decidedly unpapal. Or not modern popes anyway...

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  39. My favorite corella!! We are all guilty of the book habit. We never come home empty handed.

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    1. Sisan Kane: I can remember visiting someone once who was complaining she had too many books for tidiness. She had a grand total of less than a dozen. Not a friendship which prospered.

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  40. Love the pics of the corellas with their little bottoms sticking in the air!

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    1. Wendy: That is rather a lot of pigeon behinds. Showing their best side as it were.

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  41. Lots of bird butts - made me smile!

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    1. ladyfi: Lots and lots of bird butts - and they make me smile too.

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  42. Hi eC Glad you are going to try and get the action on video. Made me laugh. Looking forward to see the bulbs bloom

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    1. Margaret Adamson: And of course since then the action has been short and sweet. I WILL capture it though....

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  43. That's so funny about the corellas ousting the pigeons like that. I would like to see a video of that!

    And I'd have bought the books, too. Love how your cats get in on the action with boxes and books. :)

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    1. Lynn: The cats own everything which comes into the house. And have to give it careful persusal - though anything which comes in a box has a head start in the approval stakes.

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  44. wow you have a lot of work to get such pretty flowers, boxes of bulbs. Love to see the birds too. Cat is cute looking at books

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...: My muscles and my brain are telling me I have taken on waaaay too much work. My heart says not. I wonder which will win?

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  45. I think greed might be catching. You've got me thinking about lilies. Which will likely lead to a trip to the local nursery. I will also confess that my worst greed is books. Especially since I have a Nook reader. It's so easy to just push the purchase button and there you have it. Hubby just looks at the credit card bills and sighs...

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    1. Debora: I am sure that greed is catching. And some types of greed (books and the garden) never go away for me. Never ever...

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  46. What do your cats think of the birds? Do they ever bring one home for supper? As supper?

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    1. Birdie: They watch the birds with lust filled hearts. Jewel WANTS a cockatoo to call her own (and they are at least as big as she is). Jazz isn't so fussy. They spend very little time outside, and both have collars and bells. They do still chitter at them through the window. Jazz did catch a pigeon a few years ago, but since then the birds have been safe.

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  47. Ha! Head rubs are a fine use for a stack of literature.

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    1. John Wiswell: Jewel thinks it is the BEST use for literature - and rather a lot of other things.

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  48. Oh boy that's a lot of bulbs to plant! I'd be moaning after the first few! But the end results will be worth it.

    You have a great selection of photos this week!

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    1. LL Cool Joe: It is a frightening number of bulbs to plant - and I really really hope a) that I get it done and b) that it is worth it.

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  49. i love your greedy birds. :)

    thanks for stopping by today. i hope if you have fence photos in the future, you'll consider linking in! :)

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    1. TexWisGirl: Thank you. And if fences leap into my photos I will certainly consider playing.

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  50. Amazing to see all the pigeons crammed on the feeder.. And I love your pretty Corellas.. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. eileeninmd: Welcome and thank you. We love our corellas too.

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