The critters at Council Point Park are mighty miffed as I’ve been writing about waterfowl, 5Ks and flowers, but not about them. I suspect this indignation was spurred on by Parker. As I walked around Council Point Park early Sunday morning, the heat was already oppressive, with no breeze to speak of. As a dribble of sweat slowly trickled down the side of my face, I watched my furry friends either walking in slow motion to retrieve their treats, or simply glancing down at me while splooting on a tree branch. You may, remember that word “splooting” from last year, when I showed images of the squirrels stretched out on branches, paws dangling down, tail flared out behind them, or listlessly spread out like frogs in the cool grass to cool off.
But wait … that was back in August, not the first week of June!
During the Fall, Winter and Spring, my two locations for feeding my furry and feathered friends, (the Safe Haven Tree and small alcove with the fallen log and stump), were perfect to spread out peanuts and sunflower seeds, but, between the rainy and uncharacteristically hot weather, the grass and weeds have grown out of control. The City’s mowing service is not weed whacking and with near knee-high weeds and mud, plus our tick infestation this year, I have resumed feeding my Park pals along the perimeter path again.
I have collected a series of photos of what WAS a picturesque spot. I was hoping for Rex the Red-Bellied Woodpecker to put in an appearance, but he only showed up once when I left the camera at home as rain threatened.
So here are some Park pals enjoying breakfast at the woodsy area. I’ve thus appeased Fluff, Puff, Parker and my avian pals.