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January 11, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Will will and Will won’t

You know that kid who seems to always hang around on the edge of the group? He’s one of those.

Not exactly an outcast – just sort of invisible to the others.

A half step out of sync.

Whether by nature, by cast, or by choice – unknown. But fortunately he’s either so oblivious to his situation or he just doesn’t care.

Follows his own heart and flight pattern despite the mandate of “birds of a feather”.

White Egret on truck hood in neighborhood (Image: All rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Warms your heart – and feet. Will knows unorthodox survival techniques are not as feather brained as they seem. (Image: ©)

Will could be the egret Einstein.

Hey, he’s already mastered flight – a relatively exclusive cohort.

Cold weather brings everyone down to earth.

No seeking shelter behind tall banks or brush thickets for Will.

Even a dumb bunny should see perching on a recently driven and parked vehicle is a leg up on staying warm.

During the recent below freezing weather , we watched Will go down the neighborhood from warm car hood to warm car hood.

The Einstein egret seemed especially pleased to hang out at night in flower beds with lots of old-fashioned heat-producing big bulb Christmas lights that were left on all night to give plants a little warmth.

Will won’t settle for chilling out if there’s a smarter option available.

You’d think the flock would notice a problem solver of superior intellect.

Proof the life of a genius is often hard.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

(Another cold blast due to arrive here shortly. Will’s probably checking out the neighborhood’s travel patterns…and who still hasn’t managed to get all the lights down yet…Oh, Ok we’re guilty – but just the front flowerbed by the palms…and Will. Sigh. Orphans and strays.)

White egret / bird on truck hood. (Image:© all rights reserved. Copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

“Hey, you get room service out here in the hood?” (Image:© )



  1. easyweimaraner / Jan 11 2018 6:18 am

    clever idea…. it’s true the cold bringes everything down… even a big part of our chimney… but that was probably caused by satan, I always guesses that he needs a diet ;O)


  2. pensitivity101 / Jan 11 2018 6:40 am

    Smart Will.


  3. Kate Crimmins / Jan 11 2018 7:11 am

    I always think animals are more inventive than we give them credit for. They can solve problems they encounter.


  4. Beth / Jan 11 2018 7:13 am

    Stay warm, Will! This weekend will be cold. May the lights of the Realm keep you cozy.


  5. Anne Mehrling / Jan 11 2018 7:31 am

    That was hilarious — the will-full egret in/on your hood. He won’t rEGRET it when the next cold wave comes.

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  6. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Jan 11 2018 10:19 am

    Smart bird – and he should just be glad he migrated somewhere somewhat warmer. I don’t think a car hood would have provided him much relief up here recently.


  7. susielindau / Jan 11 2018 11:01 am

    Someone lost a peacock in South Boulder. I found one on the hood of my car one day!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 11 2018 8:28 pm

      Just a chick looking for a tale?
      (Have you ever thought about that the weirdest things happen to writers…stranger than fiction, right?)
      Thanks for the comment and flyby

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  8. angelswhisper2011 / Jan 12 2018 2:00 am

    I think Will is smart :DWarm Pawkisses for a Happy Healthy New Year, dear Philmouse and crew 🙂 ❤


  9. The Hook / Jan 12 2018 12:19 pm

    The animal kingdom rules.
    Thank you for another dose of enlightenment.


  10. Curt Mekemson / Jan 12 2018 4:25 pm

    Now that is one smart bird, Phil. Not many frogs up on car hoods, however. Had a skunk decide that it was warmer under our RV than the surrounding country a few weeks back. We were careful not to get it too excited. –Curt


  11. Robin / Jan 13 2018 1:34 pm

    What a smart bird! I don’t know why stupid people are referred to as “bird brains” when clearly the birds are quite smart. Stay warm. 🙂


  12. Littlesundog / Jan 13 2018 4:05 pm

    What a fabulous hood ornament!! I wonder if he realizes though, that the auto industry has pretty much done away with those bold fixtures in order to increase pedestrian safety? Nothing worse than a peck in the eye to a passerby!


  13. PiedType / Jan 13 2018 4:29 pm

    Below freezing!? Perhaps you should winter in Denver! Been relatively warm here (mostly 40s and 50s).


  14. RKLikesReeses / Jan 14 2018 1:32 pm

    Wow! Will’s brilliant. 😀


  15. acflory / Jan 15 2018 2:31 am

    Definitely a smart bird. 🙂


  16. Kirt D Tisdale / Jan 15 2018 3:20 pm

    Smart bird and looks great on the hood!


  17. LordBeariOfBow / May 31 2018 8:24 pm

    Well this is one Will I’m willing to meet, lets not hear anymore of this ‘birdbrain’ put down, Will’s smarter than your average 🐻 that’s for sure, and I should know 🐻 i 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2018 6:39 am

      Some of our tourists are more flighty than others. Interesting and full of laughs. Thanks for swooping by to chat



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