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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby Miss Tick » Sat Jun 06, 2020 08:45 pm

steeljam wrote:I know what you mean. Playing with clay, like making bread, is very tactile.
I made this for my son's house.
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ooo when did you take up glass fusing

I have among other things a small kiln that looks like an iced christmas cake and fits in the microwave (doesnt work in all microwaves) and cant fire anything bigger than about an inch square, but is almost instant artistic gratification, when the mood takes, when it works.
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby steeljam » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:45 pm

Miss Tick wrote:
steeljam wrote:I know what you mean. Playing with clay, like making bread, is very tactile.
I made this for my son's house.
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ooo when did you take up glass fusing
I have among other things a small kiln that looks like an iced christmas cake and fits in the microwave (doesnt work in all microwaves) and cant fire anything bigger than about an inch square, but is almost instant artistic gratification, when the mood takes, when it works.

Started at a local college then got my own 8 inch kiln.
A few of my pieces are here
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby Sandra » Sun Jun 07, 2020 06:46 pm

Adrian is buying a micro-computer...

No not what we got in the 80's, it's almost as tiny as the kind of adapter you buy for international travel...

Now to see if anyone wants to buy the old one (it's in a painted case where the art is worth more than the 10 year old contents)
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Postby chrisboote » Tue Jun 09, 2020 07:22 am

Whos Wee Dug wrote:Can anyone name the bird ??? link: https://twitter.com/InvernessCaley/stat ... 00/photo/1

European Jay
Quite the most beautiful British bird
We have two nesting in our garden
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Postby dried_frog » Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:18 am

<french> oui, c'est un geai </french> :wink:

And certainly more precisely "Garrulus glandarius", in french the translation is "oaks' jay" ("geai des chênes")
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby Catch-up » Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:20 am

We have hummingbirds visiting and speckled grackles.
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby Sandra » Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:44 am

just watched a baby blackbird fighting off sparrows who were determined to have a bath...

it's not as though the bowl isn't big enough
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby phalarope » Tue Jun 09, 2020 04:49 pm

Catch-up wrote:speckled grackles.

Starlings?

My baby owls have been replaced by baby blue jays, baby downy woodpeckers, and baby chickadees. It's a whiny screech-fest out back. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby Nonny Mouse » Tue Jun 09, 2020 04:52 pm

I had a cheeky lil juvenile bird land on my back door, where the frame juts out a little, right at eye level. I sent a pic to my dad and he said it was a verdin. It was lucky the cat wasn't there anymore, because it flitted about the back porch learning to fly.
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Postby dried_frog » Tue Jun 09, 2020 07:51 pm

Today our first nest of swallows (4) in the garage has started to learn to fly ... they are really cute :D ... but the cats are on the lookout ... we must keep an eye on these little feline monsters all the time! :meow:
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby phalarope » Wed Jun 10, 2020 09:41 pm

Ooooh, a verdin! A bird I don't have here in the East. Adults have a pretty yellow face. It's fun to watch young birds learning to fly and pestering their parents for food.
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby dried_frog » Thu Jun 11, 2020 07:04 am

Auriparus flaviceps?
https://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/auripare.verdin.html

There is a nice collection of song recordings for this bird here:
https://www.xeno-canto.org/explore?query=auriparus%20flaviceps

If it is this one, we do not have it in Europe ... it is a very beautiful bird! :sunny:

Nonny Mouse, how lucky you are to be able to observe it closely without disturbing them too much! :D
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby dried_frog » Thu Jun 11, 2020 07:15 am

I like to go to this site, also for distribution maps (I'm sure Phalarope knows it)

http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/verdin-auriparus-flaviceps/distribution
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby Sandra » Thu Jun 11, 2020 08:49 am

(If anyone doesn't know - we have a large parrot - C. alba if anyone is that interested (the umbrella or white cockatoo) called Merry)

Yesterday she got impatient waiting for Adrian's cup of tea - to the point she climbed down from his shoulder onto his hand (very normal), but yesterday she grabbed the teaspoon. She refused to let go or move... So Adrian stirred his tea by circling his hand - which circled the parrot ...who stirred the tea.

She was not impressed!
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Re: What Cheered You Up? - Deck the Halls...

Postby dried_frog » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:05 am

Excellent ! :lol:
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