Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Sunday Selections #269

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.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week I am returning to my avian obsession.


Rainbow Lorikeets are not literate.  For which I am grateful.  According to the bird books they do not visit us.  This family did.  Repeatedly over a week or so.  I hope they return too.












And, for those of you who celebrate it, HAPPY EASTER.

127 comments:

  1. Yall just have the cutest critters. So jealous.

    Happy Easter.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: You have plenty of cute critters too. I am often envious.

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  2. These birds are unbelievably beautiful! They look like rainbow Easter eggs themselves. Happy Easter to you.

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  3. Gorgeous birds captured in lovely images. My faves: #4 and #10, because of the composition, and the clarity.

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    1. D.G. Hudson: Thank you. When I realised they were visiting I fired off several dozen quick shots. And then just stood and watched.

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  4. OMGosh. They are so beautiful.
    Happy Easter;)

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  5. Dear EC
    What beautiful bright colours, which you have captured brilliantly. They have brightened up a grey, windy and wet day!
    Happy Easter to you too.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: They arrive very early, just after first light and brighten any day in which they appear. And put the sun to shame...

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  6. They're such beautiful birds...and very noisy and cheeky, too. There're lots of them up here on the mountain...and they make sure we notice them! :)

    I hope you're enjoying your Easter weekend, EC. And may I hope the coming week treats you well. Cuddles to Jewel and Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: They are rare visitors here, and well outside their territory. Always welcome though. I have been wrestling with the garden. Again. Still. Productive, but hard work.
      I hope the three of you have a wonderful week.

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  7. Literate or not, they certainly do a lot of talking. Nice captures.

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    1. Andrew: And their talking is more musical than many of our birds too.

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  8. What outrageously gorgeous birds! I don't think you could ever pull me out of your garden with the sights you have there.

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    1. River Fairchild: Oh good. While you are in the garden anyway you can help me weed. And mulch.

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  9. They are so beautiful! Thank you for letting me admire them. :-)

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    1. DJan: They are indeed beautiful. And I think they realise it.

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  10. We don't have them in the vast numbers we saw at our former home, but they do spend some time here when the Golden Canes are flowering and the Schefflera actinophylla draws them, now that it deigns to flower.Further down the street...someone planted a lot of native shrubs, flowering at different seasons and we can certainly hear the Rainbow partying down there!

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    1. dinahmow: We rarely see them, and generally only in pairs. To see this small flock (six or seven) was a treat. A treat which Jazz wanted. And didn't get. And as I said to you in an email he made me pay for depriving him.

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  11. I do so much enjoy your bird pictures. So much colour!

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    1. Birdie: I am so glad that people enjoy my obsessions.

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  12. Some amazing shots! Professional quality.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Thank you. Not so but far otherwise, but thank you.

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  13. Beautiful birds! Reminds me a little of painted buntings.

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    1. mshatch: I can see the resemblance. And would (of course) also welcome painted buntings. Which won't be a happening thing.

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  14. Yay for the return of your rainbow lorikeets. I was startled when I left the house for work one morning last week. A white cockatoo too off ~ it had been munching on the fruit of my mandarine tree in the front yard.

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    1. carol: I hope he left some fruit (and some of the tree) for you. Cockies can be greedy and destructive beggars.

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  15. Happy Easter! Love the photos! So lucky to have this near you. I sure love nature.

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    1. Ginger Dawn Harman: I get so much solace from the wonders of nature.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: They are. I woke himself up to see them one morning and he didn't even complain (though he went back to bed).

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  17. How beautiful they are! I do hope they visit you again. Happy Easter to you, EC.

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    1. Alexia: Me too. We see them every year or so, but have never had so many or so regularly. Welcome visitors whenever they arrive.

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  18. Great photos of cheeky wee jewels of the bush!
    What a treat for you!
    They are such a delight to see.

    I'm having chocolate for breakfast, lunch and tea, so Happy Easter hugs from me! xx

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    1. Vicki: Some of the best things in life are chocolate. Enjoy your chocolate filled day.
      Jewels of the bush is a perfect description of these charmers.

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  19. Stunning, but they make me wonder in what universe is that protective coloration. If it exists, I'd like to go there.

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    1. Martin Damon: Interestingly when they put their heads down on the grass or remain still in the trees they are surprisingly difficult to see. I do like the idea of a world where rainbow garb is protective colouring though. Rather a lot.

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  20. I absolutely adore your birds...the colors are amazing!

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    1. Donna@LivingFromHappiness: I adore them too.

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  21. Those birds hardly look real, they are such a riot of colour. I'm so glad they've been regular visitors to your yard. They must feel welcome there. And like Bookie said, they look like Easter eggs themselves with all those colours! Now I'm off to google "what colour are Rainbow Lorikeet eggs" ...

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    1. Apparently they are white :)

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    2. jenny_o: White eggs seems so unlikely to hold so much colour doesn't it? They are welcome of course. I can't think of any bird which isn't.

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  22. Your Rainbow Lorikeets are lovely visitors. I'm surprised they're not 'chatty' :) Good listeners perhaps, smiling here.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Oh they are chatty. It was their call which first alerted me that they were there. Not a call we hear often so I went looking. And started to smile.

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    2. If they stay around long enough they will learn to whistle back when you whistle at them, much like cockies do.

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  23. So THAT'S where my lorikeets have disappeared to!
    I'm so glad you've enjoyed them, but maybe you could tell them to come home soon? I used to see so many around here, this past week I've seen about six and then only on one day :(

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    1. River: I haven't seen them this week, so perhaps they are winging their way back to you. I did enjoy their visit - thank you.

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  24. Funny how the birds don't adher to what our books say they should do and should not do. Silly humans and their stories. Cats are like that too. I don't celebrate Easter being non religious and a non egg hunter and I still don't get the rabbit. But happy everything else to you!

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    1. Have you read or heard David Sedaris "Jesus Shaves" story? I guess the rabbit is not a universal bringer of eggs and/or loot!

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    2. Strayer: I am always grateful that the birds don't read the books. Or that if they do they are rebels. In the cat's case it is almost certainly because they are rebels.

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    3. Nicky HW: Do you know I really don't understand what, if anything, the rabbit has to do with the resurrection. I understand the (manufactured) link to chocolate but... And just the same the rabbit is an integral part of my thoughts about Easter.

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    4. I should read up on the rabbit and eggs part of it. Our holidays are such a mishmash of Christianism and paganism.

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    5. Strayer: I see you did research it. Sometimes I think the great god of commercialism is the winner here.

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  25. OH MY HEAVENS!!!! These are the best photos! Wow wow wow! I love rainbows! ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Nicky HW: I love them too. We rarely see them, but love it when we do.

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  26. Ialways loved seeing these birds. they areso comical and noisy. When my family loved in Sydney we had 2 that came every day to be fed and came to hand. We called them Sooty and Sweep. Love your shots. HAPPY EASTER.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: They really are charming aren't they?

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  27. Happy Easter.
    Love the parrots, they have such beautiful colours. Nice they returned.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: I hope your Easter was lovely. The rainbow lorikeets are beautiful, and seem to have moved on again.

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  28. We see quite a few lorikeets around here, especially when our flowering gum is in bloom and I will head outside to see them everytime.
    On the downside, i notice they have a nasty habit of flying into the side of moving vehicles.

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    1. kylie: I head out to watch rather a lot of birds. I didn't realise that the lorikeets are not traffic savvy. Sad.

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  29. Lovely! I fed some "tame" rainbow lorikeets by hand when I was in the Blue Mountains at katoomba..... a very happy memory.

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    1. Shammickite: It would be a very happy memory indeed. We occasionally are able to hand feed the King Parrots and just thinking about it makes me smile.

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  30. I always know when the lorikeets visit our Kings Park Special bottlebrush when it is in bloom or the cotton palm when it has seeds. They are noisy little things. We love them but regret that they are taking over the nesting sites of so many of our local birds which is a pity as they seem to breed rather too well. There are so many habitats being lost in Perth I fear for some of our bird species over the next few years.

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    1. Mimsie: I fear for rather a lot of species. Fingers and toes crossed.

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  31. Books and experts and news. How often they are wrong, as your smashing evidence here proves, my dear. And LOOK at all your friend-commenters!

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    1. Cloudia: I am v. grateful. Both that the experts were wrong, and at the people (you included) who visit my blog.

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  32. Those are absolutely beautiful birds. How amazing to have something so beautiful share your space...

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    1. 1st Man: It is a privilege, an honour, and a delight.

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  33. Oh how lucky you are to get visits from living rainbows. They are so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  34. Awwww,
    what gorgeous, colorful, fabulous gifts for all of us! xxx HAPPY EASTER.

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    1. My Inner Chick: They are indeed a gift. Happy Easter to you and yours.

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  35. I love your Parrots, or Lorikeets, they are excellent.

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    1. Bob Bushell: They are charmers aren't they?

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  36. Everything is better on your side of the world. Beautiful!!!

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    1. Sonya Ann: Not everything. Not by a long shot. The birds ARE beautiful though.

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  37. happy easter, I never tire of your colorful beauties.

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    1. Linda Starr: We don't tire of them either. A very happy Easter to you too.

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  38. How very fortunate are you that they do visit!! Such beautiful birds.

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    1. CountryMum: Lucky, lucky, lucky. And grateful.

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  39. Happy Easter to you too, my friend. Your photos of the birds are always so awesome. Such beautiful colors.

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    1. Mason Canyon: The birds are much, much more awesome than my happy snaps.

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  40. I'm convinced Australia has a monopoly on the world's exotic birds.

    Hope you had a great weekend, dear friend.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Nah, your country has some pretty spectacular ones of its own. As do rather a lot of other places.
      The weekend was productive and good, except that I did too much and am paying a painful price. I hope yours was/is wonderful.

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  41. As always your bird photos are magnificent. You either have a way of getting close or you have a great telephoto lens - either way some talent as well. I'm such a bad photographer.
    We get rainbow lorikeets in the park up the end of our street and can sometimes hear them from our place, or see them shoot past.

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    1. Jackie K: The lorikeetes were in a tree just off our front veranda. They get close to me - which is a big, big bonus. The zoom on my camera is good too.

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  42. Hi EC - just so pretty - no wonder you want them back, unless they do mega damage ... gorgeous .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: No damage to speak of. A few leaves removed. Which is a very small price to pay.

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  43. Just gorgeous birds - so colorful! I don't think it's an accident they visit you.

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    1. Lynn: I hope they come back again - but I am very grateful for the visits we received.

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  44. You are the best photographer. Your subjects are always worthy, too. :) Beautiful. Happy Easter, yesterday!!!

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    1. T.Powell Coltrin: Thank you. The subjects are indeed worthy -and the camera deserves the credit. I hope your Easter was lovely.

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  45. I just noticed the white cockatoo(?) behind the lorikeets. He looks almost ghostly. Very cool.
    Happy Monday!

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    1. Sandra Cox: It was indeed a sulphur-crested cockatoo. Regular visitors. And waaaay too noisy to be ghostly. Destrutive too. And still welcome.

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    2. Are they as smart as parrots?

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    3. Sandra Cox: Cockatoos are very smart. One worked out how to open the sliding door to a brother's home, marched inside and was just opening the bird seed container when spotted. And a good morning/day to you too.

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  46. These are beautiful birds which are in fact probably the oldest known species on Earth dating back 150 million years, double that of the dinos. I'd bet my last dollar birds know a lot we humans don't which is maybe why they're keeping quiet and not telling us! Haha Happy Easter!

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    1. Spacerguy: I am quite certain that lots of other species know more than we do. And some birds most definitely show their dinosaur heritage... A very happy Easter to you too.

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  47. I saw my first lorikeet at our local safari park when I took my 2nd gr. class to the aviary. What an experience! Your photos captured that perky attitude of theirs.

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    1. Susan Kane: Perky they are. And at least as interested in me as I was in them.

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  48. ...and to add to the other adjectives [beautiful, gorgeous] about them...nosy! I love the way they peer down, looking to see what you're doing.

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal): When I first saw them I stayed inside so as not to scare them. I discovered (when I had to go out) that they didn't care. They wanted to see me, and I wanted to see them. Win/win.

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  49. Oh, my! So gorgeous! Loved all the photos.

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    1. New Release Books: Welcome and thank you.

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  50. I could easily develop an avian obsession if birds like that were near.

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    1. Grannie Annie: These are rare visitors here, but I am obsessed. Seriously obsessed.

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  51. I love when you feature your magnificent birds...hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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    1. Donna@LivingFromHappiness: Easter was good. I hope yours was too. I am very glad to hear that you also enjoy these marvels.

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  52. Some pretty birds to enjoy when the only wildlife around here are raccoons hiding in my attic. Thanks, EC!

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    1. John Wiswell: Raccoons? I understand they are super intelligent and some days destructive. There is definitely a part of me that envies you.

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  53. I wish they would stop by Minnesota, they are gorgeous! Their colors are so cheerful. I hope you had a happy, wonderful and restful Easter!

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    1. Karen S.: They are incredibly cheery aren't they? And (anthromorphic to the core) their characters seem to match. They always seem like happy birds.
      Easter was productive and good. I hope yours was fun too.

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  54. Thank goodness for illiterate feathered rainbows!

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    1. Kim: Oh definitely. Vandals, like all the parrots, and so welcome.

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  55. Beautiful. They look quite naughty and mischievous to me, they've got that look in their eye.

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    1. Angela: A surprising number of the birds who visit are incontinent vandals. And as I said to Kim, so welcome. So very welcome.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: They are. I hope they visit again.

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