Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bring Out Your Dead

The difference between a category 1 hurricane and a category 4 is enormous. It only took me only about an hour to clean up the yard after Hurricane Humberto, but it took months for Michelle and I to remove and dispose of all the debris after Hurricane Rita.

While I was picking up fallen twigs and branches I mistakenly grabbed this stick-like thing. Yeck. It's actually a very slimy mostly decomposed eastern gray squirrel. Hurricane fatality?I don't come across many mammal corpses. Nature deals with carrion very efficiently here, also I don't put much effort into finding them. And as the above incident illustrates, even when one is right in front of me I might not recognize it.

Martin Collinson, who presides over George Bristow's Secret Freezer, is much more talented than I at finding dead things. He's constantly posting photos of deceased shrews and mice and such...and usually in much fresher condition than my squirrel skinbag. In fact it's a bit suspicious. I think he may have the psychic ability to will them to die.

No real birding this weekend, in keeping with the current trend. Managed to sneak away this afternoon for a brief look around the yard. I had a few neotropical passerines - 1 Yellow-throated Vireo, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, and 1-2 Summer Tanagers. A single Broad-winged Hawk and an eastbound adult Little Blue Heron were the only interesting air traffic.


At 3:12 AM, Blogger Martin said...

Mmmm nice corpse. You're learning well.

At 8:51 AM, Anonymous el said...

That post mde me laugh almost to death. I was out picking up debris with you then you got me! UGH!
No swishing of the bushy tail for that gray squirrel. w

At 8:53 AM, Anonymous elizabird said...

Cause I'm laughing so hard...the title the post.the I felt the slime!


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