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#61 corenfa

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Posted 29 November 2019 - 13:31

Has the turtle dove reappeared Aquarelle?

I've just used up some very out of date flour by making bird scones, with wild bird seed and a bit of old cheese added. They went mad for it! :)


I did that one year to use up a whole lot of stale sunflower seeds and a large amount of saved fat from roasts. Haven't accumulated enough of it this year for that
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Posted 29 November 2019 - 13:53

The good thing about cooking for birds is that anything goes. No one is going to do a Bake-off style whinge about soggy bottoms or whatever!


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Posted 29 November 2019 - 14:30

Has the turtle dove reappeared Aquarelle?

That sounds just like the opening line of a madrigal.  :chorale:


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Posted 29 November 2019 - 16:07

:lol:

Doth thou coo in yonder tree?

Faa-la-la etc


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 21:21

Te- whit te whoo te whitt te woo te whit te--ee whoo as I once sang in a madrigal group. Years ago , it was but great fun!

 

I have not seen my turtle dove

O woe is me.

Perhaps she sits upon a tree

Or, merrily, merrily

Percheth on fair Oriana's crown.

Or flyeth up and down, up and down, u-u-u-u-p  and   ---   down.

 

Actually there are so many turtle doves in the garden that I wouldn't recognize her. But I have found no pile of feathers so i think she must be OK..


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 10:11

That's great Aquarelle! You are rockin the whole madrigal thing! It makes me want to start a forum group. I could wear cords and grow a beard. Oh wait, no, I'm a woman!


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Posted 05 December 2019 - 16:12

Amazing what my corvid collection (about 20 crows, 1 rook and 6 magpies) will eat.

 

Recipe 1: Out of date tin of meatballs in gravy, mixed with chicken layers' meal and wild bird seed.(Not cooked).

 

Recipe 2:. Elderly packet of Alpen, mixed with Neolithic cranberry sauce, vintage butter, and flour and yeast from 2016. (Baked into scone thingys).

 

The rook is really cute - he doesn't bother flying, and just waddles around, keeping his beady eye on what I'm up to.


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Posted 05 December 2019 - 16:52

Amazing what my corvid collection (about 20 crows, 1 rook and 6 magpies) will eat.

 

Recipe 1: Out of date tin of meatballs in gravy, mixed with chicken layers' meal and wild bird seed.(Not cooked).

 

Recipe 2:. Elderly packet of Alpen, mixed with Neolithic cranberry sauce, vintage butter, and flour and yeast from 2016. (Baked into scone thingys).

 

The rook is really cute - he doesn't bother flying, and just waddles around, keeping his beady eye on what I'm up to.

Dare one be rude: rook doesn't bother flying?! Probably can't fly by now, weighed down with all the goodies you're concocting for your bird visitors.   :rofl:  :rofl:


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Posted 05 December 2019 - 17:03

:lol: I may have to rein it in a bit. I think this rook may be from a rescue centre - he is semi-tame. He's also very docile but is the boss - a crow took him on today, and then had to back down.


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Posted 05 December 2019 - 22:35

Amazing what my corvid collection (about 20 crows, 1 rook and 6 magpies) will eat.

Recipe 1: Out of date tin of meatballs in gravy, mixed with chicken layers' meal and wild bird seed.(Not cooked).

Recipe 2:. Elderly packet of Alpen, mixed with Neolithic cranberry sauce, vintage butter, and flour and yeast from 2016. (Baked into scone thingys).

The rook is really cute - he doesn't bother flying, and just waddles around, keeping his beady eye on what I'm up to.


Ooh, that's given me ideas for how to get rid of the 2 year old brandy butter in the fridge. I've probably got some elderly oats too
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Posted 06 December 2019 - 07:23

Please don't give them brandy butter - alcohol is poisonous to birds, and even just a small amount will leave them very vulnerable to predators! 


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Posted 06 December 2019 - 09:06

Birds are rather picky round here. They won't eat any old rubbish!
They demolish Flutter Butter but have scorned some crumbled cake that I put out a couple of days ago. It was a keto recipe comprising almost entirely ground almonds and walnuts, with just enough cake-y things to weld it together. I guess they're just not hungry enough.
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Posted 06 December 2019 - 10:13

Please don't give them brandy butter - alcohol is poisonous to birds, and even just a small amount will leave them very vulnerable to predators!


I'm glad I checked then! I shall compost it instead.
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Posted 06 December 2019 - 10:35

Could you heat the brandy butter until the alcohol has boiled off?

 

Mel2 what type of birds do you have that are so picky?


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Posted 06 December 2019 - 10:44

Could you heat the brandy butter until the alcohol has boiled off?

Mel2 what type of birds do you have that are so picky?


I could but probably shouldn't risk it.. I'll let the worms and woodlice in the compost bin get plastered instead
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