Lovely at Monte Rio Beach: a fisherman wading, a harbor seal swimming, ducks surrounding the fisherman, his dog waiting patiently, children swimming, dogs running and playing, a gentle sun bathing everything in a golden light. However, my guess is that ducks caught more fish than the fisherman---in fact, he didn't catch anything, but seemed to be enjoying himself nonetheless.
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After earlier showing a photo of my resident squirrel acrobat hanging by his toes (?) to get my bird seed, and watching him day after day swinging the bird feeder so as to dump the seed on the ground where he (she?) and the rats get the lion's share, I finally invested in the most expensive, so hopefully best, bird feeder that promises to be squirrel-proof. It's only been up 24 hours and so far I haven't seen the squirrel come to visit, so he may not know it's here yet---I left the old feeder empty for some days to discourage him from coming around. But he will and so will the Brewer's blackbirds and jays. This feeder is supposed to be impossible for all but birds cardinal-size and under.
So now I wait. It's really too much to hope that this will prove squirrel-proof, but at least if he can't dump the seed on the ground he'll have to eat it a few seeds at the time swinging upside down. The chickadees should come first, but I think the birds are waiting a bit to make sure this new feeder isn't something dangerous.
Let's hope my next photo isn't of an empty bird feeder hanging diagonally. I really want to save my battles for a worthier cause. Living here at the river means living in a major bird habitat, but all birds are not equal in the bird feeding human world and the squirrels and rats, who also love this habitat, are definitely not welcome at the feeders.
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So is this enough preparation for taking on the emotional toll of bonding to dying dogs only to watch them die? I don't know but I'm thinking I should try. I am so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place, with so much reverence for life here. After seeing the dogs in India, scrounging in the garbage, injured or ill with no care, yet smart, street-wise, and wagging their tails, my love for dogs just overflows. Well, we'll see....
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