March 20th, 2008


pigeons halt tree-felling plans

I was just considering whether I should call in a tree surgeon to deal with the last two stubborn lelandii (dear god, the biomass on those things) or whether buying another rope would be enough, when a pigeon flew out from over my head -- from that "old nest" I found yesterday. Can they be breeding already? I found a caterpillar yesterday, but I wouldn't expect birds to be on nest until april, really.

Hmmm, a conundrum. The nest has been left rather exposed, and once there are squabs they'll be vulnerable to magpies and squirrels -- even cats, as it's an easy jump from a shed roof which is on at least two prowl routes. But do I let nature take its course, or perform an eviction? At this time of year, they'll not have invested too much in any young (if they've even started laying) so starting again might be easier -- on the other hand, they might just skip this year altogether, and there's no guarantee the predators will be successful -- but if I do let them go ahead, and the cats get the adult bird on nest?

Of course there's the possibility that the pigeons will notice that their nest site's a bit drafty and find another one... although, I think we're talking the same couple that thought laying an egg on three twigs balanced on a down-pipe was a good idea, so perhaps not.

As ever, I turn to the collective wisdom of the internet:

Poll #1157409 lelandii vs pigeon

What should my next move be?

Buy another rope
Book tree surgeon immediately so pigeon can move to less-doomed tree
Wait a week to see if pigeon moves to somewhere less drafty
Abandon felling plans till fledging
Abandon felling plans permenantly

Assuming I decide to encourage pigeon, best gift?

Home sweet home sign for tree
Webcam (with optional fez)
Tasty seeds
Put back some of the branches so it's not so exposed
Bird bath

Assuming I decide to discourage pigeon, best approach

Install expensive surveillance equipment
Bill Oddie
Binoculars and catapult
Wait and let the three local tom-cats do the dirty work

Number of a local tree surgeon?

Funny pigeon story or interesting pigeon fact


this week's strip, recycling mishaps

In addition to the pigeon dilemma, please enjoy this week's strip. The subject matter is one of the cartoonist cheats -- not being able to find the script. But, oh, the irony! I found the script I had lost while scanning it. I'd left it in a pile of print-outs next to the scanner. In other news, I ran out to retrieve the lid of my blue recycling box this morning just in time to see the dustcart run it over. Crunch! While I was pitifully trying to fit the splintered remnants onto my blue box, one of the dustmen jogged over with a replacement lid. Perhaps they do it a lot...

All is lost - detail
All is lost - detail
Kitchen -- dirtier than shown.

I've been putting Gecko (new computer) through its paces on the colouring (hence the inconsistencies, I'm experimenting). Graphics tablets sure have lots of spiffy tricks under Vista! I imagine it'll be doing slightly unexpected things for a while yet...