Monday, September 5, 2022
The Bird Report
This little robin came to our birdbath yesterday morning and made quite a commotion -- at least, as much commotion as a bird that size can make.
But that's not even the most interesting avian news from yesterday. While walking Olga through the housing estate, I saw a falcon killing a pigeon! The falcon was sitting on the pigeon's back, pressing it to the ground, and that pigeon was flapping and flailing and the falcon was riding it like a cowboy rides a bronco. It was quite a sight, and of course I had neither camera nor phone. The falcon wasn't much bigger than the pigeon, so I'm thinking it must have been a juvenile. I didn't stick around to see whether the pigeon managed to escape.
Those of you who read my post yesterday and are interested in the history of Pantechnicon should take a look at the comment left by Rachel Phillips. She clarified its purpose -- calling it a "department store," as Wikipedia does, doesn't really give credit to its interesting past. Thanks, Rachel!
Dave and I did manage to sort out our Christmas plans, at least in terms of buying airplane tickets. Once again, it's good to know what we're doing. I haven't yet heard back from Olga's potential dog-sitter so that's the next phase of planning, but we do have almost four months to iron that out.
Speaking of Olga, her nose swelling has improved. I looked more closely at that sore in her mouth yesterday, and found that it's an opening that goes into her gum above her top teeth. My guess is she had some kind of dental abscess, even though neither I nor the vet could see anything wrong with her teeth and she's still chewing on that side. It's astonishing how impervious to pain she can be. I'll call the vet today.
We went to the cemetery yesterday afternoon and had a good walk. She seemed as energetic as usual and gnawed her tennis ball with abandon. We had Fortune Green all to ourselves, which was surprising for a summery Sunday.
We did not see the turaco -- in fact, it's been a couple of months since I've heard any evidence of that bird. I've heard it call only twice this year, and I haven't actually seen it since August 2021. Maybe it's lying low because of the drought.
Speaking of which, we're supposed to get rain almost every day for the next two weeks, according to the weather forecast. That would be amazing but I hope it's real rain and not just mist or scattered droplets. We're still pretty parched overall!