Friday: Hili dialogue, Marsh Farm rush hour and animals and duck update

by Matthew Cobb

In Poland, Hili is pensive, and finds a cat’s solution:

Hili: The leaves are falling, birds are flying away…
A: What’s your conclusion?
Hili: It’s time to go to sleep.
In Polish:
Hili: Liście opadają, ptaki odlatują do ciepłych krajów…
Ja: I jaki wniosek?
Hili: Trzeba iść spać.

It has been an awful couple of days in the Midlands and the North, with appalling rain (Sheffield is flooded). But of course, the waterfowl of Marsh Farm are happy. Look at them all come running out – balm for the soul.

Random animal tweets:

Looks more like a jigsaw than Tetris I reckon, but very cool:

This is astonishing:

Finally, from the boss on the high seas, a report from the secret duck farmer:

We had 28 ducks this evening.  We had 30 based on Jerry’s count on October 17th.  So these number around what they did when they were swarming on land last month.

I don’t recognize any of them and they don’t come as close as before. If I had to guess, I’d say that these ducks are migrating and just stopping over for the free smorgasbord.  I’ve read that their normal migration can take place throughout the month of November.

JAC: I asked the SDF how migrating ducks could zero in on Botany Pond, the reply was “Maybe they’re reading it on TripAdvisor: “Congenial location, free buffet. Five stars.”


  1. enl
    Posted November 8, 2019 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    I no longer play rugby due to age and injury, but when I did, I would have wanted the whale on my side. I wonder how he is at water polo? I should imagine dominant.

  2. rickflick
    Posted November 8, 2019 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    The boy and the duck, Beaker, is certainly a charming pair. My daughter raised ducks when she was young. They make great friends.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 8, 2019 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Tomorrow should be a day to remember for those all over Europe with the fall of the Berlin wall. Seems like a very long time ago for some reason.

  4. Posted November 8, 2019 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    That wasp-y moth totally fooled me. Only the antenna look like a moth’s. Nice!

  5. David Coxill
    Posted November 8, 2019 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Re the cat catching the ball ,is that real ?

  6. Jenny Haniver
    Posted November 8, 2019 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Rush hour at the farm has become strangely addictive.

    • Mark R.
      Posted November 8, 2019 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      I agree…why would that be? It doesn’t really change, but it always makes me happy, and I can’t ‘not’ press the play button.

    • Posted November 8, 2019 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

      I love the way a huge herd of them come rushing out, but then later there are some who simply take their own sweet time.

  7. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted November 8, 2019 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    As PCC(E) is busy exploring the world, I put a comment here for an old post – with comments off – on a puzzle :

    … I just found a wonderful intuitive explanation of the solution on this YouTube video :

    … the explanation in my own words : essentially, focus on the point where the circles meet. Start with the moving circle on top. Draw a radius down, with an arrow. Count how many times the line points down, it should turn out to be… well…

    Sorry if someone posted that already but I don’t recall- I think this is good enough to put up. Maybe I’ll send it to PCC(E) next year…

  8. Brian Davis
    Posted November 8, 2019 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    The whale isn’t playing catch. It’s telling them to take their litter with them.

    • rickflick
      Posted November 8, 2019 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      Of course. 😎

    • Mark R.
      Posted November 8, 2019 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      Haha! good one. Seriously though, that beluga playing catch is one of the coolest things I’ve seen. I could play catch all day with a white whale!

  9. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted November 8, 2019 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Those arrow worms, in my first year biology I learned that these Chaetognates are the greatest predators of the sea. It was said that the mass of prey they consumed was greater than of any other group.
    Wonder if it is actually true and how it is calculated.

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