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15 November 2012 @ 06:48 pm
Slow day  
No shock, I didn't get anything in the mail today.
I hate the short days this time of year. I love Fall but gosh I hate the day length. It got dark at 5:45pm and makes it feel like it's 9pm instead. It was cold today and it didn't help that it was cloudy so I really didn't feel like doing much of anything. Despite that I did get some stuff done. I cleared out some of the bushes that had over grown by the kitchen window and now I should be able to see the chickens better when they're on that side.

I updated my Christmas wishlist and added a few more stores to have options from. I was looking around today and gosh I really want to get some cool nepenthes. I wish I had a nepenthes buddy on LJ I could talk to about this stuff. I'm trying to prioritize if I should get an N. Sanguinea black or a hybrid N. lowii x campanulata. Sanguinea is one of the easiest nepenthes to take care of and common but the black form is rare. Lowii hybrids are kind of rare too and I love the gaping funnle shape of them. So ugh, it's a hard hoice. The hybrid is a little more expensive by like $10, but I'm not worried about that. I'm trying to figure out which I should get so that I don't have a hard time tracking down the wrong one later. Perhaps Sangunea because I've never seen that one on the market before. Tomorrow's pay day so I hope it's still there by tomorrow.

I have birdy pics to share.

Meet Cinnamon Bun. He's a 10 year old cinnamon white faced male cockatiel split to pied and pearl. Peep the budgie is in the fore ground and you can see part of his mate Abigail in the corner. So he's a double mutaion.

Meet Abigail. She's a white faced cinnamon pearl split to pied cockatiel. She's a triple mutation. Because of that this is a special pair that can have rare quad mutation babies of white faced cinnamon pearly pieds. I used to keep good records but lost them. I used to know the parents of both of these since I bred them and could predict all the mutations and genders of the babies. Cockatiel genetics are way easier than budgie genetics and quad mutaions are about as complex as it gets. I don't know why but budgie genetics makes my head swim. I don't know why because I can certainly solve more complex problems. We all have some hangup.

Cinnamon Bun and Peep again. I love that most cockatiels have brown eyes that almost look black. That's my favorite because black eyes make them look so cute. I think birds with colored eyes, especially light colors an black pupils look meaner, which is cool if that's what I'm going for. I don't want black eyes on an eagle. It just looses the effect.

Abigail is not as friendly as Cinnamon Bun and she wasn't happy I had grabbed her and put her on the perch for the pic. Everything's blurry becaus she attacked the toy and everything was moving. But she doesn't bite hard. She's just hissy pissy like most cockatiels. She'd just had a spray bath too which is why she's funny looking.

And this is one of the Eastern Bluebirds I saw on my walk yesterday. I didn't go on one today because the weather was so crummy.

And I played a little bit of Assassins Creed 3 today. I didn't even get to the main story stuff like I had planned because I got side tracked with side missions. Next time I log on I'm going for that main quest. I need to make some progress. So even in my game I didn't do much. Blah.
Current Mood: lazylazy
actipton80actipton80 on November 16th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
Abigail is so pretty. I wish male pearl cockatiels kept the pearling. Cinnamon Bun is a cutie. It's funny about the eyes. A lot of really fierce birds have dark eyes and are deceptively cute like falcons and Barred Owls and Barn Owls. Osprey still manage to look sweet even though they have yellow eyes.
Des: Budgiesthagirion on November 16th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
I love her colors. Sometimes male pearls do keep some pearling but it's rare. I have a male named Pear who's about 12 years old now. I named him that because I mispronounced his mutation when he was a baby and instead of a pearl cockatile I called him a pear cockatiel. And he's pear shaped. He has a few white dots still on his wings.
Yeah, flacons are cute with big black eyes. And I wish Harpy Eagles didn't have black eyes. They just look too cute for being monkey killers. I like the fierce look of Osprey. Normal budgie eyes sometimes look psychotic to me.
earthmother45earthmother45 on November 16th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
I love seeing more of your birds. That first photo is wonderful!

Oh, I see your bluebirds are back. Will they nest soon, do you think?

It has not been cold down here. A little chilly in the morning, but it warms up pretty fast--even with no sun.
Des: Owen in Slytherinthagirion on November 16th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'll post more pics then.
This particular one was in another neighborhood but it may have been my bluebird since he was in the general area. It's not breeding season right now but I've heard in winter bluebirds can pile into nestboxes for warmth.
Ugh, if it's in the 60's it's cold to me. It needs to be at least 75 with sun. My ideal temperature range is 77-82. I have thermometers in almost every room and if it hits 83 I get a little hot and if it drops I start getting cold.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Macawsilvolf on November 16th, 2012 09:02 am (UTC)
I tried to comment on this last night before bed but my internet died.
Anyway what I said was: Your birds are very pretty, I love the bluebird too! I hope your package arrives soon.
Desthagirion on November 16th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
I hate it when that happens. And yesterday live journal was slow. Thanks. I have had some interesting mutations of cockatiels.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on November 16th, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
I don't feel like working outside when it's cold, either. Nor the short days. Boo!

Cinnamon Bun is a very pretty bird. And Abigail - wow! Of course, I'm used to just the wild ordinary kind (which I still like the look of). I think you're right about the coloured eyes looking meaner. I didn't realise that about cockatiels before. (The brown eyes, that is).

That bluebird is pretty, too. I like the contrast of the blue and the brown.

Edited at 2012-11-16 11:05 am (UTC)
Desthagirion on November 16th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah nasty weather just doesn't help.

Thanks Pear cockatiels are neat. Yeah normal cockies are ok. I prefer the color mutations to the wild colors. White face is my favorite which does away with yellow and orange pigement.
Neat huh? Yeah I think dark colored eyes make things look less threatening.

I like that too. It's like someone forgot to paint the rest of his tummy.