Image 13Ah ha!

This morning my youngest and I had to venture down a white-ish driveway to get to the car parked at the bottom.  We were concentrating so hard that I didn’t spot these tracks until the trip back up.  I didn’t know we had raccoons coming around.  Winter gives up some secrets.

The other day I was in nearby Horseshoe Bay.  We are in such a cold snap that I was wondering where the Horseshoe Bay crows were hanging out.  They’re such a feisty, sassy bunch.  Sassy even for crows.

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You know, I think you could probably use the word rollicking to describe them.

I think maybe the word rollicking was invented for the Horseshoe Bay crows.

In warmer weather as I walk along the street there they find a spot above to land and tell me what they think of my outfit, my hair, and me, but they do it with such charm and teasing that I somehow feel flattered, like I’ve gotten attention from the cool boy.  Not like I’ve just had the mugging I’ve in fact had.  I have such a sweet spot for my Horseshoe Bay crows.

Image 15So the other day as I wondered where the sassy things were — eventually spotted them playing tag in the tops of a tree — I also wondered where the heck the hummingbirds would go in such a cold streak.  One variety stays here through the winter. I always doubt this can be true since they are such teensy little scraps and what can they possibly live on? But I was proved wrong a few times lately when first I saw one at the local store and then a crowd whooping it up around a friend’s feeder.  Not rollicking, but definitely whooping it up and feisty. Still, what do they do when it stays below freezing for days like it’s done here lately?  Snuggle?

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Ouch. What about those beaks?

Inside, creatures unhappy with the cold stick a little closer and enjoy the fire but mostly just look sort of grumpy and uncomfortable.  Like her polish won’t dry.  Not so sassy.Image 5

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