The plague of the pigeons … and other birds

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Our home in Kuching has become THE roosting nest in our neighbourhood.  It’s a funny thing, we don’t see other houses having this problem.  Birds keep flocking to ours … may it be pigeons, doves, sparrows and even bulbuls …

Some might think it’s a cool thing to have birds preferring to make nests at one’s home than others, but, on second thought, it’s really not hygienic when you consider there’s bird poop all over the place 😦

I believe there is a nest up there right now. I can hear baby birds chirping loudly whenever it’s mother is there.

We have tried hanging reflective items near the roof and on near the windows.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work.  I read somewhere, saying that this won’t work long term.  So it’s good if you could combine a few of the short term measures.

We hang old CDs near the roof. It is said that the pigeons do not fancy shiny objects.

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More bird eggs

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I planned to have this post up before I left for KL a little over a week ago.  I’ve been busy with cleaning the house and other what-nots and only found some free time to go through the photos I’ve taken when we were in Kuching.  Slowly, I’ll be writing about some of the things we’ve encountered or done while still there.

Last year, I blogged about finding a couple of bird eggs in my mum’s garden.

Well, this year, I came across another nest hidden in one of mum’s hanging yellow orchids.

The yellow orchids

The gorgeous teeny eggs

The eggs belonged to the couple of yellow-vested bulbuls  who frequent our yard.

The proud dad

A close-up of the bird (courtesy of CK Leong) – Thanks!

I hope the eggs would have hatched by now … I read that the eggs would need about 10 to 14 days to hatch.

Zayed’s glasses are ready ….

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Zayed has finally got his glasses

Zayed has finally got his glasses

Zayed got his glasses last night.  He chose a black and orange frame.  It took about a week to have the glasses done.

Zayed trying on his brand new glasses

I’m very happy now that Zayed’s vision has improved.  All the while I’ve been quite worried particularly when he starts to constantly blink his eyes while watching TV and when he complains of dizziness every now and then.  I just found a website for little children with glasses.  I wished I had found it earlier.  Click here.

Last week, we all went to see the ophthalmologist or eye specialist at the Sarawak General Hospital (a.k.a. SGH).  We had a reference letter to see Dr. Adrian.  Well, as usual, there were tons and tons of people at the eye clinic.  People coming and leaving.  We had to wait outside because there was no place to sit inside.  We had to queue for the reading the eye chart, then the eye test to see if Zayed’s eyes are suffering from any disease and finally to find out the power for his glasses.

English: A typical Snellen chart. Originally d...

English: A typical Snellen chart. Originally developed by Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen in 1862, to estimate visual acuity. When printed out at this size, the E on line one will be 88.7 mm (3.5 inches) tall and when viewed at a distance of 20 ft (= 609.6 centimeters, or 6.09600 meters), you can estimate your eyesight based on the smallest line you can read. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a Snellen chart (on the right) that tests the reader’s vision over a distance.

Dr. Azma has written a simple explanation in Malay on how the chart will help to evaluate the vision acuity.  The one that Zayed had to read were not alphabets, rather numbers.  I do not know if there is any difference whether they’re alphabets or numbers.

The 20/20 line represents normal vision.  For the British, they use 6/6 instead.

This means if a person sees 20/30, he/she actually sees the smallest letter at 20 feet could be seen by a normal eye at 30 feet.

Now, Zayed is adjusting to the glasses.  He said it’s painful when he just puts them on and after he has put them on for some time, it will hurt when he takes them off.  I guess his eyes are adjusting to the glasses.  I hope things will be better for Zayed after this.

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Before we came to Kuching almost a month ago, Zayan was sad and had been crying.  He didn’t want to go.

“Mummy, I don’t want to leave Daddy alone.”

“Who’d look after you?”

“Daddy will”

“Daddy needs to go to work.  How will Daddy look after you?”

“You have to come with us, Zayan.  Mummy will look after you.”

Zayan was silent …

“How long will we be in Kuching?”

“A month”.

“What’s a month?”

“Thirty days.”

“Auww … That’s long!”

And … just the other day …

“Mummy, when are we going home?”

“Soon.  Next week.”

“When?”

“Sunday.”

“How long is that?”

“”About ten days.”

“Auww … Ten days??  That’s a long time away.”

Zayan was silent … Then, “Mummy, you were right.”

“I’m right about what?”

“1 month isn’t long.  We’re going home to Daddy soon.”

And … every day since, we have been counting down to the day we’d be leaving on the plane  🙂

 

This is Zayan, Daddy’s boy …

 

We’re going home soon

Wildlife right at our doorstep …

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Nowadays, we don’t see that many types of birds in our yard.  Before Chong Lin Park was developed, we had many winged visitors.  We used to have a little jungle right in front of our house; the same place where we picked paku and midin.  The birds are from there and when they feel like it, they’d come over for a stroll in the yard 😀

Here are some of the birds that I remember seeing …

White-breasted water hen (credits to http://odysseyist.wordpress.com – Thanks!)

The white-breasted water hen loves to lay eggs in the bushes i.e. lemongrass bush and the pandan bush.  Mum always stumble upon the nest. CK Leong of borneobirds.com has more info about this water hen.  I haven’t seen one since I’ve been back the past month.

This bird has always been around – the yellow-vented bulbul.  I’m guessing the image below would be for a male.  I have seen a pair of these birds  a few times; one with the black crest and one without.  This morning, I saw the pair quite aggressive with a couple of common mynas.  Maybe they were protecting their nest.

Yellow-vented bulbul (courtesy of CK Leong at http://www.borneobirds.com – Thanks!)

The spotted pigeon or, most probably, it’s the pink-necked green pigeon because of the distinct spotted neck is also a frequent visitor.  I just saw one this morning under the kitchen’s jasmine bush shaped like a topiary.

The pink-necked green pigeon (courtesy of http://www.malaysianbirds.com – Thanks!)

The common myna (courtesy of http://www.malaysianbirds.com – Thanks!)

Tree sparrow (credits to http://www.malaysianbirds.com – Thanks!)

I’ve seen a yellow bird but I’m not sure if it’s the Iora.

Iora (credits to http://www.malaysianbirds.com – Thanks!)

There was a great big reddish bird that I saw last year while I was doing the dishes  It was walking alongside the fencing near the kitchen window.  I took photos of it, but they were not clear and I didn’t have a proper camera.  I tried looking for an image of it on the net, but no success.  It had pretty large and long tail feathers.

I had blogged about a woodpecker I saw perched on our mango tree.  First, I heard the tiny knocking on wood sound.  I searched for the sound and there I saw it, a reddish-orangey bird, the banded woodpecker.

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Two days ago, my sister-in-law, Haniza introduced me to a lady who runs a hair salon at home, somewhere in BDC, Kuching.

If I remember correctly, her name is Maggie.

Home-run business means low cost, thus cheaper rates!  Yeay!  With four kids, I could do away with cheaper haircuts 🙂

Haniza told me the lady was shocked at how I could take care of 4 boys on my own …. huhuhu … yeap, till today, whenever I think back  since I left my job to take care of the boys, I still can’t believe it … Bravo to me!! hehehehe …

 

Haircut day

An afternoon out in the yard

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This afternoon we were out in the yard.  The boys had a lot of fun running around.  We took some pictures …

Ooops … he’s got the wrong shoe on the wrong foot

A clear view of the neighbour’s new wet kitchen. They had it built too close to the fencing, which is against the town council’s guideline. Who’s gonna tell? 😛

The attack of the mozzies …

He purposely closed his eyes 😦

A fine place to relax 🙂

Boat-making with Popo

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Super heroes assemble!

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Zayed had been continuously pestering me to make super hero masks for him and his brothers.  In the end, I couldn’t hold up and had to give in to the request.

Their requests:

I found examples here and here … which I could follow.  I made the templates and started drawing on construction paper and old cereal boxes …  The boys helped with the colouring.