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09 June 2012 @ 10:36 am
Birds snakes and plants  
We had a night fright a few days ago. I went out there to find a corn snake in the cockatiel cage strangling my normal tiel Nippy Male. He had my bird pinned on the ground, was wrapped around his neck and his wings were stuck through the grating so he was on his back and couldn't close them. So I reached in and grabbed the snake. It was like 4 am and I was pretty mad and almost killed the snake. But I also tired and killing it would be so messy. F'n snake, but I came very close. But my bird is ok and had no injuries. And if he had managed to kill him he wouldn't have been able to eat it because it was too big. These are such wasteful snakes.

The next day Chris looked for holes in the screen where it had come loose and fixed them. I cut a 2x4 and put it under the screen door. There, the patio should now be snake proof. The birds still have night firghts. I don't blame them after all that's happened over the years so anything in the dark spooks them. But we haven't had anymore snakes get it. I like snakes but I like them away from my birds. I never hated seeing corn snakes til I moved here. Wish they were more like the black snakes that only eat other reptiles.

My plants are doing well. I started some seeds in the desert garden in the front as well as some pots along the fence. You'll see when I post my video in a little. I have a Nepenthes x miranda outside that is finally getting pitchers again. It made three basals that I removed today and am trying to root. The biggest one had roots already so I just potted it and it should be fine. It's already got two nice young pitchers. The others I gave root hormone but the smallest one may not make it because I accidentally chopped off the grow tip. I have those bagged so hopefully something good will happen.

I've been trying to get Blu and Tesla to breed but nothing has worked even shoving both of them into the box. But yesterday I let Peep and Seagrass out. Seagrass went straight for Blu's nest box and Blu didn't like that. OH!! Female competition. Why didn't I think of that? This might be just what they need. They kinda got in a fight but I was supervising so no one got hurt and I separated them. This morning I was happy to see Blu was checking out her box by peaking in the hole. She's never done that and she's never stood on the perch to the entrance so there's some hope now...provided they don't forget one important step. I have had some budgies forget that one step before. Chris said it's a nest not a club house.

And I ordered a Papo Allosaurus from Germany. The same place I got the baby T-rexes. Wish me luck that this time I get one that isn't chopped up.

Here's the video update.

I'm so glad that guy fixed the code so the colored borders still work.
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
earthmother45earthmother45 on June 9th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
Gosh, Des! I breathed a sign of relief when I finished reading the first paragraph! Gad, I think my first thought would have been to kill the snake, I would have been so upset! My motto that I mostly live by and holds true is to not kill or wound anything unless it is harming me or mine. This might have been one of those times! I'm so happy that Nippy is okay. Glad you and Chris got all the holes and openings patched up.

So did you hear a commotion at 4 a.m. and go out to see what it was. I bet you had a hard time getting back to sleep after that!

Haha . . . the birds and their competition/jealousy --- just like people. What is the one important step? You mean the actual mating act?

I'm going to come back here later with a cup of coffee and watch your video.

Edited at 2012-06-09 05:11 pm (UTC)
Des: Gaus my budgiethagirion on June 9th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
I have the same motto about life. When something of mine is threatened I will and have killed. I came close, but I was tired, couldn't think and Nippy Male was unharmed so I controlled myself.

Yeah we heard the commotion a few times and Chris went out to check but never saw anything. Finally I went out because I could sense something was really wrong and I saw Nippy Male on the ground. I didn't see the snake and thought he was already dead from having thrashed around too much. I'm glad this all ended well though I'm sick of predations happening to my birds.

Yeah female budgies are nasty, but I think in this case it can work in my favor. Yeah the special step is mating. Some first time pairs have no clue what to do. It's both funny and annoying.

Mmm, coffee, yeah let me know when you do. I think you'll like it. You'll see Nippy Male in the video. He's the only cockatiel in the big cage that's grey with a yellow face.
actipton80actipton80 on June 9th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Nippy Male was fine. I don't care for snakes when they come around the bird boxes. We have black snakes here, and they are different from yours and do eat birds. Luckily they couldn't get my chickadees this year like they got the nuthatches and Mean Chickadee last year.

That's funny that Seagrass went into Blu's nest box and made her mad.
Des: Peep Heartthagirion on June 9th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad he was ok too. There must be fewer reptiles for them to eat up north. Down here they seem to live off lizards.

Yeah, I was actually glad about that. I should let Seagrass out when Blu's cage is close but I still have to watch her and make sure she doesn't rip up the nestbox trying to get in.
actipton80actipton80 on June 10th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
I think our black snakes are black rat snakes actually. I don't know exactly what species they are, but they couldn't seem to stay away from our bird houses. We have lots of lizards here too.
Desthagirion on June 10th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah there is a dark color form of those. Corn snakes are also known as red rat snakes and yes they will eat birds and are good climbers.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Cool Zoraksilvolf on June 9th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you caught the snake in time! Poor birds!
Good luck with the Allosaurus!
It's been raining here too. It hasn't stopped either :( Your pigeons are growing well. Peep is so cute! So are the cockatiels. That rain is super loud lol! We've had galeforce winds here too. I love Henrietta's cute grumbly noises. Your plants are looking good and the mist looks very relaxing.
Desthagirion on June 9th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Me too. I hope there will be no more snakes now.
Hehe thanks. I'll need it.
Today it finally let up and a little bit of sun came out but now in the evening looks like another storm is approaching. Yep our rain is pretty heavy and loud. A lot of times it's relaxing.
Henrietta sounds like a dinosuar. I love that.
Thanks. I'm very happy with how the plants are doing.
kabuldurkabuldur on June 10th, 2012 09:33 am (UTC)
I was wondering what a night fright is. Is it when the birds start making a racket in the middle of the night? I'm glad you managed to save your bird. Yes, snakes can be a pain sometimes. i'm glad you have now a snakeproofed patio...hopefully!

Haha, I like how there was competition over the nest box. I hope that stimulates Blu to mate now.
Desthagirion on June 10th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's birds thrashing out in their cages at night. It makes a lot of noise.

Yeah, I may have to let Seagrass out again because Blu seems to have lost interest again.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on June 10th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
Yup! Even a budgie can make a lot of noise! Feisty had a night fright yesterday at 3:30am and it even woke me up. Fortunately my cockatiel did not join :-P
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on June 10th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
Wow! Poor Nippy. I'm not sure I would have been able to process all that going on if I saw it :S
Des: Two White Homersthagirion on June 10th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I found him in time. There's no time to freak out. I had to act or lose my bird. That's also why the anger didn't over take me either. I had to get the snake off carefully and know just where to pull so my bird wasn't hurt.
earthmother45earthmother45 on June 12th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed the video! When I saw the length, I wanted to make sure I planned and had enough time, because I usually watch twice to make sure I don't miss anything.

First, I love the introductory pear in the birdbath!

I've got some wonderful aloes to give you for your front succulent garden. They will survive the rain, drought and lots of hot sun. And they have the beautiful spikes of orange bell flowers that bloom several through the year.

I continue to be amazed by all the birds you have--the budgies and cockatiels, and even more amazed by all your nepenthes! Love the moss growing out of the drainage holes in one of them.

This is the first time I remember seeing pictures of your whole patio area and the pavers. That is a wonderful space! I'd want to be out there all the time. Can't wait to see and hear about your big plans for it.

It looks like you have the bulbs wrapped in paper towels . . .?

The rain and Henrietta cooing and clucking, and the symphony of cockatiels and budgies make such an appealing background sound. Yes, the mister is very relaxing to watch.

We did get a lot of rain here last week, but I think you got even more than us. I'm glad we are getting a break. The only thing I don't like about rains day after day is it is too much water for some of the succulents and the roots don't have a chance to dry out and they will rot.
Des: Floridathagirion on June 13th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it. That's a mini bottle gourd in the birdbath. I use that photo for the garden update intros. They all start like that.

Thanks. I look forward to that. A lot of mine died over the winter. They couldn't take the cold. Those that have hanging bells are great for hummingbirds.

Yeah, there's a reason for that. My patio was not presentable to the world until that day. I'd love to just show everything in a video one day and walk my yard but not yet. I'd love to get the whole yard the way I want so there's minimal maintenence. So far it seems like every year is a fight to get rid of the tons of debris that builds up and weeds that pop up everywhere.

That's my hamata. The moss is nice but I don't like those net pots because they dry out easily and I have to constantly watch that plant everyday.

I'm not sure what you mean but bulbs in paper towels.

I love having all those birds around. It's so nice.

Yeah it was crazy how it rained and when it's over it's worse because everything is extra hot and humid. Rain doesn't cool off here like so many people think it does.