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17 January 2010 at 8:26:04 PM

Wildlife Journal, January 17, 2010

For years I've kept a journal. Now, I'm too 'busy'. But I still keep the wildlife journal and have realized that it also serves as a metaphor for my life, too. There is nothing, no one, in my Iife that I love more than the wild creatures I get to watch every day. It's what keeps me sane, reminds me I'm human and keeps me alive. 

I loved today. I consciously did as little as possible. Usually, I work on Sundays, but not today...a real luxury. It's a new year: 2010. There's something about that number that I like. I like the way it looks and sounds. 2010

I'm seeing Phoebe, Downy woodpeckers, Red-breasted woodpeckers, Cardinals, Titmice, Chickadees, Juncos, Kinglets, Blue jays, many Doves, mostly white-wings, a rare sighting of Roadrunner, frequent sighting of Red-shouldered hawk (absolutely magnificent), Crows, and many, many Buzzards.They are my companions. Ms. Fox is here, too. She's looking for a mate as the breeding season is approaching. Her mate disappeared last year and she had no kits in 2009. There have always been baby gray foxes here until this last year. She likes me, allows me to put fruit out for her when she appears in the yard. We have an understanding. She knows she's safe here and that there's just not much going on. The deer also own me now that their habitat has become so fractured. My place, small as it is, is the only place within hundreds of acres where there is cover, food and no dogs.

I know their habitats are vanishing. I know there were no bugs these last two years, no rodents, no rabbits for the hawks and owls. I know my neighbors are into 'golfcourseesque' and have removed all the diversity from their properties. I know all these things but I cannot help but rejoice for each moment I spend with my wild friends. I cannot think anymore about all this unconcious destruction of our most valuable things. I'm done with the negativity. i can only think about this beautiful treasure, this moment, this day. There's life here today. Hallelujah. I'm so very grateful for today.

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1 - salon   18 Jan 2010 @ 8:15:09 AM 

You really do see a lot of wildlife! The stars have been brilliant the last two nights, eh?

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