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Neighborhood Wildlife in the Time of Corona

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This week, I spotted 4 vultures in a tree in our yard, a wandering turkey two houses down, two ducks enjoying a conjugal visit in a local pond, and cardinals and mockingbirds, in particular, establishing territory. I also spotted two couples from our neighborhood who came over for an outdoor, socially distant cocktail (on different afternoons).

I was kind-of worried about the vultures, but a red-tailed hawk hustled them along and they haven’t been back. I haven’t found a carcass of any sort in the yard.

All this put me in mind of a poem by Mary Oliver…

 

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Thank you, Steve & Mary Jo Shankle and Charlie & Lawrence Cook for being willing to come over. And help keep us sane. xoxo

 

 

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(Print of the Oliver poem at Etsy here.)

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  1. The red tail hawk was here in the grass yesterday, striking at something, then looking up to see if we were watching from the window. Over and over. A snake? But later, nothing there. The bluebird is back.

    Allison is a longtime Mary Oliver devotee, but I am not deep enough. Even I got this one, though. Thanks.

  2. Any day with a Mary Oliver poem is a good day.

  3. This crisis keeps sending me back to Mary Oliver too. A big volume of her poems sits on my bedside table. Thanks for sharing this one!

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