Leaf Erickson explorers
Sunday October 11th 2009, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Friends,Wildlife

(The lighter areas on the towhee are flash artifacts.)

LynnM says that that order of Superballs would be enough for all the employees at the Pentagon, but that they probably don’t play at work like that.

I told her, of course not; those would be weapons of mass distraction.

Meantime, I got a nice dose of October in the mail yesterday, a surprise from Margo Lynn: the best of the bright red autumn leaves around her in Connecticut, with just the slightest touch of dampness to them (perfect!) as I pulled them out of the package, thundery storms and blustery days and all the color the trees celebrate the season with all right there in my delighted hands.  Very thoughtful and very cool, thank you, Margo Lynn.

I wanted to see the reaction of the locals to this cultural event.  It took a moment. The patio didn’t look quite right, or maybe it was that Feederfiller/Godzilla hanging around with that camera.

The towhee checked things out first and decided to play leapfrog over the offerings to get at its dinner.  The black squirrel thought about it but hung back along the fence a moment, thinking things looked suspicious; a few minutes later, though, there he was, sniffing out each leaf one by one.  It went back to the long, narrow leaf, the first one it had gone to, and took a few thoughtful bites before deciding no, it didn’t want to eat its veggies after all.  Back to the sunflower seeds. It nosed around and under the bright maple leaves, while the mourning doves looked on and debated.

Watching them awhile, I didn’t get any knitting done…  Code Red!  Alert the Pentagon!

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There you are, altering your environment like a time traveler. You KNOW west coast squirrels shouldn’t grow up with knowledge of fall leaves! Heh!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 10.12.09 @ 6:32 am

I think you’re safe: the Pentagon read about the Superballs and is petitioning (sp?) for some of those in the backroom.

Margo Lynn is a very creative woman. Here here to traveling from the comfort of your own backyard. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 10.12.09 @ 6:35 am

What a neat package! I promise photos, if indeed our leaves do more than fall to the ground…

Comment by Channon 10.12.09 @ 6:39 am

Cool gift. Great friend to send it! Enjoy your west coast fall 🙂

Comment by TripletMom 10.12.09 @ 7:28 am

Sounds like these various groups of animals would do well in Congress. Each has its own agenda.


During a job interview, an applicant was asked, “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”
“No,” was the answer, “my hearing is scheduled for next week.”

I used to work at the unemployment office. I hated it because when they fired me, I had to show up there anyway.

Comment by Don Meyer 10.12.09 @ 9:58 am

Don has a point about hitting the Taliban with superballs: It would be Mutually Assured Distraction. Drive them Ballistic.
BTW, I saw what I thought was a beautiful bright red/orange leaf on the path of otherwise dull browns. It was just a KitKat wrapper.

Comment by LynnM 10.12.09 @ 10:58 am

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