Kittycanuck

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 days, 18 hours ago

    Thank you Susan, that did my vertigo a world of good!
    It does give me a better idea of the area, though so I appreciate that.

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 days, 18 hours ago

    JP, I just read about USWS a few days ago when I was
    curious about how migrating birds sleep when they are
    flying over oceans. Bird’s eyes are amazing – I learnt from
    the Dyfi site that an osprey’s right eye contains proteins
    that allow it to “see” the earth’s magnetic waves – a sort
    of GPS when they are migrating.

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks ago

    Aberfoyle, where Monty and Glesni’s daughter
    Clarach has given them their first two grandchicks.

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks ago

    I love watching the ospreys. I watch Glaslyn and Dyfi
    mostly because they were the first ones I found and I
    got really attached to them, especially Dyfi. They
    certainly have individual personalities. When Mrs G
    arrived at Glaslyn this year,the humans had cleaned
    the nest and left three sticks arranged in an “H” in
    the middle of the nest. Aside…[Read more]

    • and you too kitty – wonderful prose portrait of life in dyfi; that was the first nest i cottoned on to and probably still my favourite.
      especially if they’d like to come remodel my flat although i’m not sure about the upside down tree!
      i can picture the young’uns getting into the swing of rearranging the nest – shouldn’t be too surprised ..after…[Read more]

  • Kittycanuck posted an update in the group Group logo of Norwich PeregrinesNorwich Peregrines 2 weeks ago

    Just popped and was pleased to see GA on the near ledge. I haven’t
    seen her in days. She looks a bit, as my grandma used to say, like an
    unmade bed – not her fault – she’s preening but also fighting a rather
    damp and windy day. She is a magnificent creature,ain’t she

  • Kittycanuck posted an update in the group Group logo of Norwich PeregrinesNorwich Peregrines 2 weeks ago

    Good evening, Canaries and other bird lovers!
    I was fortunate today to be on the Dyfi site when Aeron, the eldest
    and the only male on the nest this year, fledged. You can watch him
    on YouTube under “Aeron fletches” – the video is just over two minutes
    long, a very condensed version of the actual event which went on for
    over four hours (I looked…[Read more]

    • excellent timing there, kitty – i believe he was just waiting till he was sure susan wasn’t watching before taking ‘the leap’.
      brilliant setup at dyfi and oh, what a fabulous looking bird. 😀

      • ..and then there’s rutland

        • ..and loch of the lowes

        • Hello, Kitty and Mo, just to confirm that having visited and watched the Rutland Ospreys lovingly since March, the 2 chicks did indeed fledge behind my back and now I gaze sadly at their empty nest. However, in their defence, I have to say that watching their family life fulfils that anthropomorphic craving that peregrines don’t quite buy into -…[Read more]

          • I love watching the ospreys. I watch Glaslyn and Dyfi
            mostly because they were the first ones I found and I
            got really attached to them, especially Dyfi. They
            certainly have individual personalities. When Mrs G
            arrived at Glaslyn this year,the humans had cleaned
            the nest and left three sticks arranged in an “H” in
            the middle of the nest. Aside…[Read more]

            • and you too kitty – wonderful prose portrait of life in dyfi; that was the first nest i cottoned on to and probably still my favourite.
              especially if they’d like to come remodel my flat although i’m not sure about the upside down tree!
              i can picture the young’uns getting into the swing of rearranging the nest – shouldn’t be too surprised ..after…[Read more]

          • susan, don’t know why i bother watching when you paint such a perfect picture of domestic bliss ..the only thing missing was the smell of fish!

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    What’s all that in the foreground of the photo?

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    p.s. – I have to agree on the chimney cleaning method – it brings to
    mind Charles Lamb’s “A Dissertation upon Roast Pig”.
    We’ve wandered quite a way from the topic of this site, so I’ll just
    say this :”No peregrines were burnt in the course of this discussion”.

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    The first bike I ever rode on was a Norton 16H,with sidecar, olive
    green! My uncle got it as war surplus. He also had a Harley which,as
    a five year old, I was more impressed by since it was painted cherry
    red and had big black leather saddlebags with red reflector thingies and white fringe, but I did love riding in the Norton’s sidecar tho’ it…[Read more]

    • p.s. – I have to agree on the chimney cleaning method – it brings to
      mind Charles Lamb’s “A Dissertation upon Roast Pig”.
      We’ve wandered quite a way from the topic of this site, so I’ll just
      say this :”No peregrines were burnt in the course of this discussion”.

    • hmm.. looks like i nailed it with the norton hunch then.. 😉 ..no surprise there! ..lol
      funnily enough the dead friend i spoke of had an es2! maybe not quite so funny is that he was killed on his harley..
      Q. how can you tell a harley owner from 500 yards away?
      A. don’t worry – he’ll already have told you!

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I’ve never seen Talisker here; I’ll have to investigate
    when the next pension check rolls in.
    Meanwhile, if my house ever catches fire, my bottle
    of Laphroaig Quarter Cask is the second thing (after
    the photo albums) that I would grab on my way out
    the door. I’m rather fond of Isle of Jura whisky as well
    when I want sometime a bit less…[Read more]

    • totally get the laphroaig bit but you don’t mention where your racing manx norton would come in the ‘to be saved’ list..
      a very close friend, now dead some 20 years rated it as ‘the bike, the dog (doberman), the missus’..
      she was cool with that ..she’d already be outside smoking, drinking j.d. and laughing at them before they even realised there…[Read more]

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I’ve been called an “inveterate” lots of other things, but never before
    an explorer. I like it.

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I never thought to look in during the winter as I assumed that, like
    our peregrines, that they migrated. Ours spend the winter in South
    America.

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Those are lovely, but have you done Mousehole yet?
    Or my favourite (because it’s where my favourite whisky comes
    from) – Islay?
    And of course, Worcestershire – Very few people here know how
    to pronounce the sauce.

    • 😉 don’t imagine they all do here, either! ..lol
      ..but islay ..aaaah yes – the sweet fumes of a fine single malt! …mmmmmagnificent.

      funnily enough, way up and off to the left of the shot across the river is a heath that overlooks the city ..called mousehold heath! 😀

      • altho you gotta admit it, kitty – talisker from the isle of skye’s a finer whisky (he said, as a shocked silence descended upon the pub)! ..haha 😛

        • I’ve never seen Talisker here; I’ll have to investigate
          when the next pension check rolls in.
          Meanwhile, if my house ever catches fire, my bottle
          of Laphroaig Quarter Cask is the second thing (after
          the photo albums) that I would grab on my way out
          the door. I’m rather fond of Isle of Jura whisky as well
          when I want sometime a bit less…[Read more]

          • totally get the laphroaig bit but you don’t mention where your racing manx norton would come in the ‘to be saved’ list..
            a very close friend, now dead some 20 years rated it as ‘the bike, the dog (doberman), the missus’..
            she was cool with that ..she’d already be outside smoking, drinking j.d. and laughing at them before they even realised there…[Read more]

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Still there at 04:12, waiting for sunrise and brekkie.

  • Kittycanuck posted an update in the group Group logo of Norwich PeregrinesNorwich Peregrines 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    01:30 – Solo is burning the midnight oil on the far ledge. It looks like a
    lovely night in Norwich.

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    I’d be thrilled. I’m in Canada, not the US.

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Golly Susan, is the universe trying to tell you that bird watching
    is not for you?

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Thanks JP, you’re an absolute mine of information. I’ve ordered a
    copy of “The Peregrine” by J.A. Baker to read over the winter.
    Since it covers October to April of one year, I should be more
    knowledgeable about their “off season” activities” next year.
    Are there any other books that you recommend?

  • Kittycanuck posted an update in the group Group logo of Bath PeregrinesBath Peregrines 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    18:30 PY in the alcove with a nice fresh dinner.

  • Kittycanuck posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Hi JP, do the peregrines continue to do the bowing and scraping bonding
    behaviour all year? I thought it was just a pre-mating ritual and was
    surprised to see it now. There’s so much I don’t know….(sigh).

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