January 20th, 2006


New Improved I Can't Believe It's Not Echidna Milk

I just spoke to the lady who makes Biolact, the specialist echidna milk. She refused to sell it to me because switching milk now will upset Spook's tummy. The stuff sells for $50/kg and she blew the sale because it would be bad for the animal. How cool is that? She suggested I stay on the current mix I got from the zoo, but add 20g of Divetalac instead of 10g.

Tonight is Spook's rest night, so I'll start the new mix tomorrow.

No more walking flock.

I arrived home this afternoon and was greeted by a huge pile of pigeon-coloured feathers in the back of the yard. "Bloody cat!" I thought, and wondered why Polly didn't hunt it off.

Just now I heard many cries of alarm from the peewee and baby blackbirds. I investigated and was surprised to see a young goshawk standing on top of the blackbird cage, looking down at the two brown lumps that had flattened themselves on the floor. The goshawk was reaching through the bars, trying to hook a chick.
I said "AARGHGEDDOWDAVITYABASTARD!" The bird flew off.

The larger of the two blackbirds is laying in the nest in a distressed state; I think the goshawk might have got it through the bars and injured it.

That explains what happened to the poor pigeon, and why Polly did nothing about it.

That's Nature for you.

Goshawk 3, den 2

Looks like the young goshawk also had a go at the rosella in rehab, unless that bird spontaneously developed a broken wing and back injury. I had to euthanase it. I don't think the injured blackbird chick will survive. The raptor also had a go at the last peewee in rehab but he was smart enough to hide under the end covered with a towel. I only have the peewee and one blackbird chick in good health now, buggrit.

And I think the neighbours lost some budgies from their aviary. There are a lot of green&yellow feathers in my garden.