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22 April 2012 @ 10:28 pm
Plants, bass and baby birds  
My logo is already up on the site. Here is the link to Crystal's Carnivores. You can see my drawing in her header. I was very impressed with how nice it looks. She was very happy too. She said she'll give me credit in her links section too so that will be nice. My plants will ship out tomorrow. I can't wait. Very exciting. So technically this is my first order with her, but I'm sure it will be good since she's very nice and I've heard good things.

My fingers are on fire. I played my bass for the first time in a long time. I can play Chris's song very well now but I have basically forgotten everything else. This is bad so I need to practice my older stuff and find my sheet music for it. I need to figure out a better way to write stuff I figure out by ear without using complex notation but also without using simplistic tabs. Sigh. Doesn't seem to be any middle ground. Also I'm not used to reading bass clef and I just need to get used to it. But I'm a good playe so I'm sure it won't take me long to get it all back.

I uploaded a whole bunch of Jurassic Park pics to my Flickr today. I think I've gotten the main parts of my collection up now. I need to find the two jeeps next and get pics of them.

Welcome to my LJ logicalhedonist. Thanks for adding me. Added you back. Look forward to talking about CP's with you.

Since so many people wanted to see them I got some pics of the pigeons being hand fed.

Two baby pigeons

Two pigeons in a box. I know they're hard to see because the older one is covering the younger one. I've got the formula there all mixed and ready to go.

Feeding the youngest

The youngest gets fed first. This bird had wandered off the nest and the flock attacked him. He was half dead and had slow crop. After a day of mostly hot water his crop finally unstopped and I was able to feed him normal baby food. He had a bunch of cuts and bruises too. Now he only has one left over his right eye. He's healing very well.

Youngest pigeon baby eating

This one is funny because the older bird is pecking me really fast wanting to be fed.

Feeding older chick

The older bird finally gets his turn.

I have been handfeeding baby birds for over 20 years. I make it look easy but it's not. It's all to easy to asphyxiate a baby if you don't know what you're doing. I also learned on the hardest birds first. My first hand fed baby bird was a 3 month old baby blue and gold macaw. That was my beloved Joel. After hand feeding macaws most other birds area breeze. I know all three methods too. I know spoon feeding, syring feeding (my favorite and medium difficulty) and tube feeding.
draconisthanos: relaxeddraconisthanos on April 23rd, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
I liked taking those photos of the bird feeding! You have been doing that long before you & I ever met.

You did great on bass tonight! My composotions sound so much more full with your bass lines in them!

You color job was fantastic. I knew she would love it. ;)
Des: Destina and Gomezthagirion on April 23rd, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I started back in 1991. I'm very happy to have learned it.

Thanks. It was fun. I need to keep at it. I love backing up your songs.

Thanks. I'm very happy with how it turned out.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Budgiesilvolf on April 23rd, 2012 08:20 am (UTC)
Your logo looks good on the site!
I haven't played my guitar for weeks, I really should.
The babies are cute! I've used both syringe and spoon for baby canaries and successfully raised them. That was many years ago though. They seemed to take more easily to the spoon since they were very small and the syringe I had was a bit big. Oddly, I had more luck with them than baby guinea pigs.
Des: Budgiesthagirion on April 23rd, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I was very happy how well it looks there.
I hadn't played in ages too. I've forgotten everything.
Syringe is the easiest and least dangerous for the birds. The draw back is it's the messiest and most wasteful. I can understand that but I've always had a special draw towards birds and felt I understood and related to them best above all other animals.
kabuldurkabuldur on April 23rd, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
Oh, your drawing looks so professional at the top of that page!

Funny, the guitar was calling me this afternoon. I didn't play, because I felt too tired ands knew I would be lack lustre, but I feel it coming!

Aww...that baby pigeons are very cute. The younger one...I don't think I would have been able to save him/her. I used to do some wildlife work. Birds are probably my favourite.
Desthagirion on April 23rd, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah I was very impressed and proud to see that.

My old songs I used to play were terrible yesterday. I do need to get them back into shape.

Yeah birds are the best. Luckily he wasn't the worst babie I've ever had to save. I found one once that fell out during winter tht was frozen. I coudln't believe she made it after sticking her in a hot box to warm up.
actipton80actipton80 on April 23rd, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew how to do that. They don't teach how to do birds at ARC, but they did teach how to give syringes to baby squirrels and bunnies, and how to tube feed baby possums. It's too bad mom and I had to drop out of ARC because we are both too busy. They tweezer feed the babies at the Raptor Center, but since I'm not in rehab, I don't get to.
Des: Hyacinthsthagirion on April 23rd, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
I would teach you if we were in the same place. But yeah you really need to have someone show you how and correct your mistakes while you're doing it. Macaws are very difficult and I still don't do it perfect but enough that they don't starve. They are one of the few birds I prefer to tube feed (least favorite method) because of all the pumping they do. You also get bit using the syring method because of the pumping and it hurts. It takes a lot of coordination with macaws. Song birds are super easy because yes food is solid and you just drop it in their mouths. I'm sure raptors are easy for that too. I'd love to train you so you could tell them you already know how. You should visit me one day during baby bird season. Or even when there aren't babies. Would love to show your around my town. I think we'd have fun.
actipton80actipton80 on April 23rd, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
If there was an easy way for me to get down to where you live, I would.

Des: Welcome to the Future 1984thagirion on April 23rd, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Well just know you're welcome here.
Cheezey: Hyacinthcheezey on April 23rd, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
Aww. The baby birds are so cute.

Your drawing looks nice on the logo of that site.
Des: Cope Thumbs Upthagirion on April 23rd, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they're cuties. Chris really likes them.

I was very happy with how quick she got it up.
earthmother45earthmother45 on April 23rd, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
Oh Des, your logo looks super at that site. Very professional looking. I went there yesterday to look at it and it was in black & white. Now it looks so good in color.

I am just so fascinated by the feeding of the baby birds. You have such a good heart saving these little souls. Your gentle hands tell it all.
When they are still in the nest being fed by the parents, does the littlest also get fed first, or is that just the way you do it?

I can see that one pecking you.

Des: I Have The Powerthagirion on April 23rd, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
I was so happy about that too. First time I've made something for a business. I like it all shrunk down and pretty.

Actually the smallest bird usually gets fed last if at all by most birds. With pigeons it's not usually a problem because they only have two babies. But when times are tough and for birds with big clutches the bird that isn't very strong and doesn't bet or push enough doesn't get fed and doesn't make it. So this is why I reverse what nature does and give the youngest weakest first dibs no matter HOW much the stronger birds may try to shove them out of the way. When I take care of babies I always tell myself they stand a better chance with me than out there. This helps me too when I do have losses.

Yeah the oldest one is much stronger. In the first pic where I'm not interfering you can see how he's hidding the younger chick. Competion in the wild is fierce and it starts in the nest.
Marianne E. B. Markhamphspopular2002 on April 24th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
I like the way the logo looks. So professional and pretty looking. :)
Des: Drawingthagirion on April 25th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm so pleased with how it turned out.