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04 Dec 2018, 15:18

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Only a few weeks till Christmas . .

Had you lived in Victorian England, you may have received a card such as this one, to brighten your festive period . .

It seems a little macabre, and no doubt would have little or no appeal to modern-day bird breeders; but in those not really far-off times (the time and place of my grandparents' early years), the finding of a dead bird signified to the superstitious, that a deceased child's soul had ascended into Heaven; and as such was regarded as a joyous event, portending good fortune

And that is your history lesson for today . .



A Merry Xmas to all . . and I will search for a more cheery bird-themed card to post; as looking at the one above makes me feel quite gloomy
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04 Dec 2018, 18:25

Merry xmas to you too Arthur.
It appears that the poor aviculturist's children are blessed.
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04 Dec 2018, 18:46

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A Robin . . much more Christmas-y
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04 Dec 2018, 18:48

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And the one I meant to post . .
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04 Dec 2018, 20:25

Arthur, glad to see you have the xmas spirit. (by the way how did the sunbird nest finish up this year)
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04 Dec 2018, 21:18

Mate

They hatched youngsters . . saw the hen feeding them for about a week (maybe a bit under)

Babies didn't get to be big enough to see beaks above entrance hole . . then nothing

I blame geckos, but no evidence

I honestly think that, based on the results of 'my' Sunbirds over a period, they would produce more in an aviary . . even though geckos are a [email protected]#$ nuisance there as well

And in a similar vein . . Your Pickies??
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04 Dec 2018, 22:52

Q: What's a good holiday tip?
A: Never catch snowflakes with your tongue until all the birds have gone south for the winter.
Maybe this should be in the Jokes section?
Good thing it does not snow in most of Australia.
Have a good wind up to Christmas everyone.
LML
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05 Dec 2018, 06:49

arthur wrote:
04 Dec 2018, 21:18
Mate

They hatched youngsters . . saw the hen feeding them for about a week (maybe a bit under)

Babies didn't get to be big enough to see beaks above entrance hole . . then nothing

I blame geckos, but no evidence

I honestly think that, based on the results of 'my' Sunbirds over a period, they would produce more in an aviary . . even though geckos are a [email protected]#$ nuisance there as well

And in a similar vein . . Your Pickies??
As usual for me I bought 3 females with long whatchamacallits and 3 males with very short thingamabobs All 3 pairs went down to clear eggs and I have another pair down now but I think they might be clear as well. Its only their first year so I am hoping for autumn or next spring :thumbup:
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05 Dec 2018, 10:24

As usual for me I bought 3 females with long whatchamacallits and 3 males with very short thingamabobs All 3 pairs went down to clear eggs
Love the technical terms. At least you got 3 pair and they went to nest. So next season will be successful. Beats having 3 pair that are all the same sex.
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05 Dec 2018, 11:47

It’s taken many years but I feel that I have mastered the scientific names
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