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Hitchclock is an outdoor mechanical clock, thats kept wound up
wind driven blades, that naturally look like large winged birds,
whose movements are geared down to deliver the necessary
to the mainspring.
It gets its Hitchcock derived name from the actual escape
is controlled by regular visitations of real birds,
who peck at a simple device, having quickly learned that
establishing a regular pattern of pecking releases pellets of food.
the pecking is so intermittent and random, multiple compensating
timing gears are required to ensure that some semblance of actual
time is maintained. At night, hungry bats and owls take over the
visitations to the clock.
Hitchclock isnt so great at keeping good time, due to its
dependency on flocks of fickle birds and prevailing winds, and is
more intended to be a monument to the great director, especially
his creation of one of my favourite films "The Birds".
Hitchclock feeding time [xenzag, Oct 14 2017]
[Ian Tindale, Oct 14 2017]
||// hungry bats and owls take over //
||Bats are either insectivorous, or - like flying foxes - eat fruit; a very few species drink blood. Owls are carnivorous, predating small mammals.
||A tray of live mice would do to attract owls, but the bats might be a bit more problematic.
||Ill put you in control of night feeding :-) I had also
considered the merits of this being a "day only clock". The maintenance of correct time is not really the point though.
||Flying foxes arent the only fruit.
||<first annotation edited to make [IT]'s anno seem nonsensical>
// Ill put you in control of night feeding //