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28 May 2015 @ 09:48 pm
A day on the Weeki Wachee river  
Yesterday was an excellent day. Went to Weeki Wachee river. It was so gorgeous. My favorite place so far to kayak. We took a long time preping in the morning and got out late. Didn't get there til like 1:30pm. I'm amazed how it's brackish water all the way to the source of the spring so you've got saltwater fish in a river. Very weird. Well we had planned to go down the river a bit then come back but it's a very strong current and we were not able to fight it. I don't know if I'll ever be able to fight against that. We were swept too far to come back so we had to go all the way to Roger's Park where they would pick us up and take us back to the car. It was four miles away. So when I made that decision we started to paddle hard to get there before 5pm. The current is weird on this river. The surface looks very slow and calm, like nothing is happening. But when you put a boat in it or you try to swim it's strong to carry you off. I wonder how it looks so calm but is actually moving at a decent rate? It's the first time I've ever wished I had an anchor. And I'm glad I brought ropes so I could tie our kayaks when we got out on shallow areas. Most of the way is blue clear waters so it's great. I will upload pics and vids soon.

The reason we had to get there before five was because that was the last shuttle back to the launch. They take you and your boats back to the parking lot. But I told Chris got go back on his own and bring the truck back and I'd wait at Roger's park with the boat. So for just one person with no boats it's $5 to return. It's $6 to launch your own boat. They didn't seem too happy I was staying behind with the kayaks. Well tough. I'm actually sick of the attitude at all these kayak rentals that they say you can use their docks but they get this attitude that you own your own boats since they aren't making as much money as if you rented a $40 boat from them. In the long run it's cheaper to buy your own boats then spend that much each week you go out and owning your own boats they are comfortable to your specs and not all beat up used by countless strangers. Screw them. We're doing it this way from now on and once I have my own truck they'll make even less money off of us.

Seems my wren is a runt. He's so small compared to the wild ones. He's no longer afraid of me and begs for food. Gosh he eats a lot. I give him four mealworms per hour. That's 48 worms in a 12 hour day. That's an expensive bird to feed. Those small cans of worms cost $5 each. I always thought that was expensive and insect eaters are hard to feed because of that. And I don't feel like chasing insects outside all day like the parent bird. I wish there was a pellet food for insect eaters.
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Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on May 29th, 2015 03:04 am (UTC)

Petland carried tins of mealworms for a time. I thought about buying one for Muffin, but with the price I just didn't know. Hope he fledges soon!

Desthagirion on May 30th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
Yeah they're so small those tin cans. I'm hoping cat food can work too.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on May 29th, 2015 10:32 am (UTC)
Your kayaking sounds awesome! I would do the same with the company as you.

I am still catching up on your posts but I wonder if it would be good to breed your own meal worms? Way cheaper, but your bird would probably be grown up by the time you had bred enough worms to feed it! I still want to experiment one day and grow my own. Here I have fed wild birds eg a cattle egret meat coated with a special mixture I got from the vet shop when rehabilitating it.
Desthagirion on May 30th, 2015 12:19 am (UTC)
It was great. I hope I can make a video for it soon.

That's ok. I guess I posted a lot. Might be. I'm also thinking about cat food as an option.
kabuldurkabuldur on June 2nd, 2015 09:03 am (UTC)
Nah, it's not because you posted a lot. It's because I've been busy.

Cat food could be a good idea! I wish I could remember the name of that bird food.
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Desthagirion on May 30th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
Yes that worst case scenario would have sucked. I found a rating on the site today that made sense. If you're going with the current from the source it's easy/beginner. If you're going from Roger's Park against the current to the source it's Advanced. Yeah that makes sense.

Yes nothing beats having your own boat at your comfort. Seems expensive at the start but it pays itself off after about 5 uses or so.

Well I'm hoping if I can get him onto cat food he will become an affordable pet.
actipton80actipton80 on May 29th, 2015 06:21 pm (UTC)
Have you looked online for mealworms? I think we got ours online the year we fed the bluebirds. I know that they give dry cat food to some songbirds in rehab, but they soak it first, and I don't remember what they soak it in. I should look it up.
Desthagirion on May 29th, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yes I have they either come in the tiny cans I already get or dried with no nutritional value as a daily food. Yes please tell me what kind of cat food and if it is just water as that would solve so many problems.
actipton80actipton80 on May 30th, 2015 12:19 am (UTC)
Purina kitten chow soaked in water mixed with crushed up hard boiled eggs with bird vitamins added. The diets that I found for baby birds were mostly for omnivores, but they will work for insectivores. The one I found was 60% kitten chow, 20% hard boiled eggs (including crushed shell), and 20% mealworms, but it is for baby birds.

Edit: don't let anybody know besides us that you are keeping him because technically it's illegal to keep any native bird as a pet. Hopefully you can feed him up the the point where he can be released.

Edited at 2015-05-30 12:23 am (UTC)
Desthagirion on May 30th, 2015 02:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for the formulas. I have plenty of eggs. I can easily make all that.
Don't worry I know that. Stupid rule but oh well I'm just as qualified to take care of him. This is why I have not posted pics of him. He eats and he's healthy but he's not growing so that worries me that he may not survive anyway. So I plan to give him a good life while he lasts. The other babies were much bigger.