Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Every spring we are confronted by an increased number of planes flying over en route to the US most likely and back.

Recently we've been having a lot of air traffic, other than that of Wild Birds in the airspace above us. I will not go into the whole pollution thing, apart from the statement that my preferred way of transferring between Continental Europe and the UK in the days I was still travelling a lot on the UK mainland. We tried it from our little SW corner of Eire too, in 1986, but having to go home from The Hague or Rotterdam-Harwich, Swansea-Rosslare-Waterford, Cork, by rail in UK and by bus in Eire took days on end. And the surprise waiting for us at home?

Sassie, one of our cats kept scratching the bedroom door for hours during the night and we also kept hearing this meowing, and yes, her litter was in the old sideboard in the bedroom.
Point is, rail doesn't go any further than Cork, although not from Rosslare,, which has no station and the next hiccup is then that the last bus to Bantry is leaving at 6pm from Cork. Still, we then still do get transport home. Public Transport is also one of the big reasons to return to the Netherlands which has excellent rail links. With my wheels it would be even more energy sapping to travel by anything other than air. I rather stay home though, if I'm honest. I'm done with travelling for holidays for the time being. Not that I would not love to go to other places.

Many countries or cities on my wish-list would not be the same when visiting in wheels. Like Prague, the city of 100 spires. I love getting to the tiny corners, the old buildings, churches, without having to enter via the new addition where shiny ramps are giving access to most of the inner sanctum; yet much of the building will keep itself hidden from me. And hidden too much from me to enjoy it. I know, because I have visited many in the past.

Mind you, I have been sensing all along that Holland will not be my final destination, that it will not be tha last country I'll be living in. No idea which country will be that place, or when even.
It will be awhile yet before we move from here anyway, so, who knows what will happen?

Fennel seed-head in the garden,

Last week's 'Silver Birds in the sky'

Adding a touch of colour to the Sunset already in progress, and which had caught my eye in the first place.

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