'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 25 July 2010

Centre City Dawn


This morning, as soon as it was light enough to fly (6.50am) a hoard of gulls descended en mass on the waterfront at the park. Perhaps they know it's Sunday and there are always good fast-food pickings from Saturday night car-parkers. Or maybe they do it every morning. Within minutes these scavengers had done their clean-up and were gone. It was like a scene from a Hitchcock movie.

The sun rose at about 20 past seven.



5 comments:

  1. When I was teaching, I noticed that in the winter a flock of seagulls would descend on the school playground at 1.20pm prompt to pick up children's lunch leavings. In the summer the gulls would be replaced by a flock of crows. I discovered that the same gulls and crows visited another secondary school site at 12.45pm each day - it was about half a mile away. They never visited at weekends. Some peo-ple think we know all there is to know about birds but we don't.
    P.S. I'm just about to go to bed on Saturday night! I've got a good book to read called "Keep Sheep and Climb Upon" by a New Zealand writer and former sheep farmer - Bruce Wildwolf. Have you heard of him?

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  2. Thank you for your lovely long comment YP. I shouldn't be surprised at the enterprise of the gulls when godwits can fly half way around the world without GPS, and find the same half-melted Alaskan bog they nested in the previous year.

    By a strange coincidence, I have heard of that book. Of course it would not be the sort of book that one would want to review on a nice family blog such as this, would it now?

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  3. PS. I hope your pre-sleep reading material gives you the kind of dreams you obviously enjoy. Or should that be 'pre-sheep'?

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  4. I dream about such morning skies returning to my life....anywhere

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  5. Don't you get nice sunrises and sunsets on the island GB?

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