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July 2, 2016

Little Boxes On The Hillside…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

During our last year’s summer holiday we headed south to do some sight-seeing and find something to do in an area with better weather than back at the German Landal Wirfttal near Stadtkyll.

What we assume by the amount of emergency vehicles to have been a large traffic accident, has forced us off the motorway and onto small roads.

This is fine, except that the “car-sickness three” need  few more stops on the winding roads.

It also means we go past a lot of fields that have little huts in them, which in turn results in a series of possible explanations for them, including: toilets for farmers, bird watching , fire watch or hunters towers.

They are actually hunting towers.

Himself says they are used for wild boar or deer.

Himself also saw one up close when he was out for one of his long walks back at the Wirfttal park so he took a photograph of it for me.

It’s something that I nor the kids have never seen before and during our trip south we have fun being the first to see the next one…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Himself)

(photograph © Himself)

(photograph © Himself)

(photograph © Himself)

We also managed to drive past one close to the road…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 22, 2013

My Little, and Not so Little Feathered Friends…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back in the beginning of December 2012  it snowed and I felt sorry for the wild birds in the neighbourhood so bought some bags of peanuts to string up on our balcony washing line to make their lives a little easier in the winter weather.

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I forgot to post this earlier, but after a while we started getting more than just the little birds coming to visit.

It’s quite well known that there is a substantial population of wild parakeets in the Hague… not just a few, but hundreds of them and every now and again we see some twenty or sometimes thirty of them gathered in one of the neighbourhood trees, in our street, the neighbouring street or in the park.

I assume that the first wild parakeets started off as pets that escaped their owners but this doesn’t really explain the sheer numbers of these birds. Could this really be one massive related parakeet family or is it possible they come here from somewhere else?

They don’t seem to be migratory birds and anyway even if they were, surely they would be heading south for winter and not spending it in somewhere as cold as The Netherlands?

Lately they’ve been hanging around the back gardens and it’s quite a sight to see what you assume must just be tropical birds congregating  together in trees surrounded by snow.

Now they too have discovered the peanuts on the line and seem delighted at the discovery. The only problem I have now is that when the big birds are having fun and enjoying their meal, the little birds are intimidated and stay away, so finally I also bought a little open framed feeder where a block of seeds in fat can be inserted and the little birds were very happy.

Hmmm… until the parakeets found that too (on the upstairs balcony) and bossily shooed  the little birds away again. More solutions are required because I really want the little birds to get their share…   but in the meantime here are a some photos of my little (and not so little) feathered friends.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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