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Protecting a Robin’s Nest

Published June 21, 2013 by proxycore

Hello fishies and non-fishies~

So as some of you might know, there’s a rain induced flood currently where I live. It seemed to have come out of nowhere on Monday and it is progressively getting worse. The flood spreads across Calgary, Canmore, Black Diamond and other areas surrounding it. Evacuation orders have been made and people have been stocking up on food and water. Those who have been evicted in Calgary have been told to prepare for up to 72 hours evacuation. It looks like the flood this year will be worse than the one that happened in 2005. Luckily for me, I live in an area that is on higher ground and the river I am closest to is in a creek, I the chances are that I won’t be experiencing any flooding nearby.

There is a completely different story in Canmore though, the number 1 highway has been completely destroyed and homes are on the verge of being washed away. More can be seen in this link. There has also been two lives lost in High River and one missing person. My prayers go out for her safe return if possible.

Needless to say, the flooding as been rather extreme. Calgarians are working together to provide safe houses for people who were forced out of their homes and without a place to. The Saddledome in Stampede park is currently flooded up to the 10th row of seats and downtown Calgary is completely cut off in terms of transportation. It is almost like an apocalypse of some sort. People are buying out the bottled water at supermarkets, the waters are washing away homes and completely submerging areas, power outages are occurring and the streets are deserted in the core of the city.

Story time: When I first moved into the house that I’m currently living in, me and my family noticed a little nest underneath my balcony. It turned out to be a home to what would be a family of Robins. The egged hatched and I remember hearing the chicks peeping just a few days prior to the storm. Unfortunately, when we checked on the birds the next day, we saw that the nest was soaked and both the parents had flown off presumably to find some dry shelter. We were worried that because of the weather, the birds had given up and abandoned the nest. I wasn’t able to hear any peeping anymore and I could see the two chick’s motionless bodies from between the cracks of my balcony.

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We were very concerned that the chicks had died of hypothermia and that the parents weren’t coming back. But after a couple hours of frantically searching the internet for methods to deal with an abandoned nest with possibly dead babies inside, the mother robin came back. It was quite sad, she roosted for 9 hrs straight and flew off. She waited at my back fence for a bit next to what I assumed was the father bird before heading off. I checked on the chicks again and they still seemed motionless. We were very worried that they may have truly given up.

Just in case however, me and my brother decided to cover the area above the nest with a cardboard box wrapped in a plastic bag. We placed a stone on top of it to prevent the winds from blowing away. We hoped that this would prevent the birds from getting too wet and protect them in the future, in the case that the mother and father returned.

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To our relief….the parents returned! They roosted the chicks more and the father bird brought back food for the young. Me and my brother watched them from the safety of our basement and we could see a visible dry spot around the nest from our cardboard cover. When we changed the cover today,we were able to see the chicks moving from on top of the balcony. Their feathers have grown and they are starting to get bigger at quite a surprising rate. I wish I could take a photo but the crack between the boards was too small for the camera to be able to capture anything. We can hear them peeping occasionally again now when we go out.

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I apologize for the picture quality, I didn’t want to go too close and scare the bird away.

I am excited to see the chicks grow up and leave the nest. According to wikipedia, the chicks will leave two weeks after they hatch. They will then continue to follow their parents around begging for food for another two weeks before going off on their own. Hopefully I will be able to find better photos of the robins and keep everyone posted.

To the Robin families everywhere and everyone living in Southern Alberta: Keep dry and safe! We will get through this.

The Mayor warns that the worst is yet to come, so we will brace ourselves.

Until next time, Jellyfish out~

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My bathroom is haunted

Published April 29, 2013 by proxycore

Why did I just take a break from studying to write a TL;DR post about studying? This is proof that too much studying at once is bad for your brain.

Anyways…Hello again my little fishies~ Here’s an apology post.

I’m sure we’ve all heard about ghost stories that involved a washroom somehow. One ghost story that I remember from childhood was called ‘Bloody Mary’. The idea was that if you were to stand in a washroom where the mirror is opposite to the door with the lights out, and chant ‘Bloody Mary’ 3 times, spinning around in between each chant, that she would appear before you in the mirror. The back story behind her changed multiple times as childish imagination took over and so did the ritual. Sometimes it wasn’t even ‘Bloody Mary’ that you were supposed to summon anymore but rather some other ghoulish creature or evil ghost. Either way, for some reason there were a significant amount of horror stories in my childhood that involved a washroom. I remember that at one point me and my friends were too scared to go to the washroom unless we went as a big group, it’s quite silly really, but all part of the fun in being a child.

Turns out the horror ritual ‘Bloody Mary’ derived from Mary Tudor.

A full decade later, I’ve already read and watched more than my fair share of horror stories and horror movies. And every time I do so I would get scared and vow to never read or watch it again, yet at the same time the very next day you will find me reading more. Up until a year ago I lived and breathed horror. I decided to take a break in efforts to prevent my ‘fight or flight’ reflex from popping up every few seconds since the horror movies were making me paranoid. It was safe to say that I didn’t have my thoughts on horror for a while now and I didn’t need to worry about being scared needlessly.

…..Or was it? I caught myself reminiscing about my childhood horror stories and decided to look up what Bloody Mary was really about (I was also in my washroom to brush my teeth). I turned to trusty and reliable Wikipedia to inform me, and right when I reached the part about apparitions screaming, strangling and stealing souls the lights above my washroom mirror gave out. My door was closed and I was in complete darkness for a bit before I realized what just happened and my brain pressed the panic button. I fumbled around in the dark for the switch to my second set of lights while I my brain imagined up all the horrible scenarios that could happen involving ‘Bloody Mary’ and I swore I felt someone breathe down my neck. I found the switch before my imagination was able to make me go completely insane, but it still took me a while to realize that I wasn’t going to be viciously attacked by an imaginary ghost.

Oh well, the light bulbs are all changed now and I’m going to be staying away from anything horror related for a while now. On a much happier note, today I finally got my Blue Yeti Microphone. I’m really excited to use it~ It’s been over a year since I’ve been planning on getting it after all….I bet you guys can guess what my surprise will be this weekend now 😉

Preparing the mic,

Jellyfish~

Bugs in my basement?!

Published April 24, 2013 by proxycore

Hello my lovely mer-folk and land-walkers!

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. Now, where did we leave off….

Immediately after my lovely Spring break vacation in London and Paris, I fell extremely ill. It took me a couple weeks to be able to get over the combination of things I had, so that meant not seeing anyone other than my family and no socializing. So what did I do? Go on the internet all day of course! I basically sat in my basement all day browsing different sites and reading up on different things. But my readings were interrupted one time by a giant black moving dot that I saw out of the corner of my eye. It crawled up towards me and just suddenly stopped in the middle of its tracks like it died while walking towards me or something. It looked like a giant furry hard shelled beetle shaped thing that was the size of my nail. Of course I freaked out and was going to get a piece of paper to throw it outside with, but when I came back……it was GONE!

Oh, but no worries, of course 2 other ones would come out in the middle of nowhere just walking all over my carpet like it owns the place. They weren’t furry this time so I managed to get a better look at what they were (the ‘furriness’ from the first one was probably because it walked through dust). They looked like some sort of roly-poly, or sow bug. I managed to put them all outside but I forgot to take a picture of them first. )=

Oh well, I continued to browse the internet. And if you know me, you’d know that I tend to get emotionally attached to the most bizarre ideas at times. After trying to identify the bug in my basement, I came across the idea of having pet insects. One thing led to another and I came across the website ‘bugsincyberspace.com’ where I became emotionally latched to the idea of having a pet millipede.

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Isn’t it cute? No? Only me?…..yea I have strange taste…..

But wait! Something very interesting was about to happen. I looked at the other invertebrates offered and lo and behold, I saw a familiar face in the isopod section.

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Oniscus asellus, also known as the common woodlouse. I can’t be certain because I didn’t get a picture of the ones in my basement and I also didn’t have a specimen handy to compare. But this looked strikingly like what I had in my basement, but they aren’t native where I am. This gives me two possibilities, either the previous owner of my house had owned these as pets and they escaped somehow or the more likely idea that I am wrong. Oh well, maybe if I’m right I can capture these little creatures and set up a shop for myself! Creepy insects + internet shop + oddball isopod collectors = profit????

In any case, I will be on the lookout for another one if I see them and I will try to capture it for identification. And the most likely case will probably be me calling the exterminator on them if there ends up being too many.They’re rather docile creatures though so I’m not too worried.

Oh, and unfortunately millipedes are illegal for some reason in Canada so my obsession was short lived. Perhaps a Mexican Red Knee Tarantula would do instead….

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Pretty, aren’t they? As long as you are ok with spiders I suppose~ Who needs a conventional pet when you can have a tarantula!

Oh well, we’ll see if I actually end up getting one.

I feel like this post is quite a bit less formal than the others I’ve posted before, and I apologize for that. If you like it better this way let me know though~

Until then! Jellyfish out~