LG Osprey GABFEST for November 2012

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LG Osprey GABFEST for November 2012

  • Good afternoon, all - is there life anywhere?  I'm looking forward to the Music Night!

  • We'll be there Clare.  Maybe everybody is bussy elsewhere getting ready.  See you later.

  • Just finished packing to head over to Scotland tomorrow morning before going to my son's for tea.  Have a good evening folks and I am sure it will entertain me reading it all back on the ferry tomorrow!!!

  • I hope you have a good crossing, Val.

  •   We visited sugar's home town of Wyndaham today went to the famous Abbey and lit a candle from us and all members of the Gabfest, hope you did not mind.

  • Skipper, not only do I not mind, I am grateful that you do this in our (my) name.  And thank you for the pictures.  I believe that under certain circumstances tears are evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit and now I have to wipe away tears so as to see to type.  What are an ocean and half a continent to Him?  Nothing at all.  Thank you for thinking of Sugar and of us.

  • The new Music Night tthread has been posted.

  • Good morning, Gabbers  After another enjoyable Music Night it is OK to come back here  :). I didn't mean to chase everyone away forever.

  • Good morning, June.  I hope you enjoyed the evening!

  • It's much too quiet on here today so I'm going to have to dig out something suitable to post picture-wise:

    This adorable chaffinch was snapped at Minsmere at the end of September.

    This cheeky pigeon has been coming for a while - Limpy snapped him in this lurking pose earlier today!  He's ringed and tame to the point of allowing Limpy to feed him by hand.

  • Good afternoon, Clare and any readers.  Amidst all the quiet, I remembered that I had not yet read Richard's long, long blog, so I went back to do so and was glad I did.   I Love a word picture and Richard is expert at them.  Since as Clare says this is a quiet time, I will quote one here:

    "So it is that in November, conditions appear to "remind" the male black grouse (so-called black cock) that they should be out there strutting their stuff, showing who's boss and who's top bloke-tottie for the ladies, the female black grouse, the so called grey hens.

    It was dark when I arrived and the wind was biting, but as the grey-dark slowly but inexorably turned to light, I fleetingly saw three fly-by grey hens disappear off through the forest. As the light improved, scanning with my 'scope, I found them, six fine males doing their thing, strutting about, fanning their lyre-shaped tails, revealing their Daz-white bottoms, in twos, sparring with each other, as if they were attached by strings pulling each other to & fro. As one advanced, the other first drew back, then advanced himself sending the other into retreat this time, and repeat."

    Here Richard has produced not just a word picture, but a "word-video" as I can see this action so well.

  • Richard can paint a picture so well with his words.  I really look forward to reading his blogs - one of my favourites is one from February featuring ravens and their 'kronking'.

  • Skipper - Thank you, lighting a candle from us all - lovely thought.

    Clare - love the picture - yes it is quiet today, I'm just back having a cuppa then off out again, hope to be around later. I still have to finish off music night!

    Edit : Just noticed you have added the pigeon pic, I've got quite a few of them, they eat everything in sight!   Not too sure my neighbours are pleased though.

  •  Copyright Montgomeryshire Wild Trust ,Did ask for permission before I posted the pic.  I posted it to cheer up B&B and Sandra  xx

  • Starling
    Just noticed you have added the pigeon pic, I've got quite a few of them, they eat everything in sight!   Not too sure my neighbours are pleased though.

    He's the only such pigeon we have - all of the others are wood pigeons.  They do have quite an appetite but we have enough hanging feeders about so they don't take over the whole garden.  They're quite funny to watch - they seem quite happy to chase the women all year round!

    This bird is one of my favourites - Limpy managed to snap him in June last year - happily he wasn't being tormented by the magpies at the time so he looks his brooding best!