Date: 16 July 2020. Birds bring Happiness.
Each day I
am thankful for my life aboard Seaweed. I get dressed then wander
out to my dinette/desk. A fresh cup of hot tea is my morning nectar.
On days when I turn on the netbook I am greeted by Buddy, my desktop
background. It is such
a treat to see his face each morning.
One of the
things I like best about my netbook is the background picture. Meet Buddy:
If you look to the left behind one of my 85 watt
solar panels is Buddy's girlfriend. She is timid.
Having birds that trust me
enough to visit is such a treat. This friendliness is
encouraged by the regular purchase and sharing of the cheapest hotdogs sold at
a local grocery store. My feathered "kids" like their dogs.
The birds are
also rather insistent upon my duty to feed them on a regular basis.
instance doesn't like to wait. She watches me until I weaken.
perched atop my wheel in the pilothouse. She had been standing in
the doorway. I ignored her so she flew up to the wheel, continuing
to stare at me.
As a side
note, neither the grey night heron Buddy nor the Isis the snowy egret
make any noise. I do hear Buddy's wings when he flies, but never any
vocalizations. They do not squawk at me.
before I covered my hatch Buddy would bang on the window above my
head to get me up. He could see me, and as I was the source of his
morning snack... KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK with his beak on that window!
I tied an old pillow sham to the
hatch so Buddy could not spy on me.
The cover also kept my cabin darker and cooler in the
summertime. Of late it is also one
component of my sleep system. Buddy cannot see me, thus he does not
use his beak to rouse me.
One of the
neighbors has a different name for Buddy. Captain Dave calls him HotDog.
The birds answer to any name, especially when food is involved.
Being able to call out "Buddy" and hear wings flying in lets me know he
something magical about how some of the birds have come to trust me.
The newest visitor is a GREAT WHITE EGRET.
She also likes hotdogs.
Page ↑ taken from
Birds of North America book.
Folks who like bird-watching should own this book.
I had a "pet" great white egret
named Charlie when cruising in the BAHAMAS
Friends of ours on a motor yacht bought frozen *ballyhoo fish for Charlie.
*Ballyhoo: I checked all three of
my fish books and cannot find a picture of said fish. As I remember
it, the ballyhoo were silver, approximately 8" long, slender (about
1" around) and would be used as a baitfish for tuna and the like.
They were bought, frozen, in white boxes. Only rich folks could
When I was younger the great white egret in
Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas was named Charlie by the locals. Since
that time more than a half century has gone by. Still to this day
all great white herons are Charlie in my mind.
Later, when I was living
in a house in Hallandale Beach, FL we had another great white
egret that visited regularly. My duo also called that bird
Charlie. When Baby (my daughter) returned to the area a young
child that we had never met informed Baby the great white
egret's name was Charlie.
Irene took this picture of a great white egret
along the mud banks in southern Georgia.
So the circle of life begun by a
more than 50 years ago continues to this day...
My newest friend is named (you guessed it!)
do bring a great deal of joy to me. I have always been observant of
the world around me. Watching how the critters interact and
hypothesizing as to why such occurrences happen is fun. I have
shared some of that in
Dallas and the Pelican,
Mama and Baby (calf).
encourage everyone to look for the wildlife around you. It is there
hidden in plain sight.
Ella the great blue heron has
been causing trouble of late. Here she is hiding in the mangroves.
I am not currently thrilled with Ella. She has been pooping a lot,
on my solar panels. Argh!!!
And that is
life aboard a boat in Florida. To each of
you, thank you for reading. I appreciate that.
Do you have any feeders set up for hummingbirds,
butterflies, squirrels or anything else outdoors?
I'm wondering if folks with pets also pay more attention to the outside
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