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September 3, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Late arrival.

sunset and palm trees ( Image ALL rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

As the day – and summer – comes to a close.(© image Aug.2)

Who gets the available space: the locals, the repeat visitor, or the “new” tourist ready to visit the local eateries?

Out of owners frantic to appease their squawking young on a rainy end of summer holiday pushed into the local scene creating a tense standoff.

It was weird.

Seeing dark clouds looming, Molly Malamute and I dashed out for an early walk Sunday – and stumble into what could have become a rumble – if the participants had been human.

Birds crowding a floating dock (© image. ALL rights reserved, copyrighted, no permission granted)

“I don’t care if yo do have reservations. Possession is 9/10th of the law, ” insists the resident grey heron seen on the far left.(© image)

Multiple species of birds had arrived around a small inlet up against the bridge. All determined to grab a meal before the storm.

It was like Air Forces making coordinated bombing runs across a target: first the small seagulls, then the white ibis, then another flock of larger seagulls, followed by a few larger ibis.

Our resident two larger grey/blue herons were beside themselves. They didn’t know whether to loudly protest all the out of towners crowding their dock or to pick a lull and swoop in before the seafood buffet was fished out.

birds waiting on bulkhead and boardwalk (© Image. ALL rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Opposite shore: a holding pattern lineup all the way around to the marina.(© Image)

In between assigned flight times, the feathered crews perched shoulder to shoulder along the bulkheads on both sides of the inlets. They could have been an audience waiting for a show: patient, polite, and well behaved among their own.

birds lined up on bulkhead (© image ALL rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Squadron waiting for traffic control’s signal.(© image)

Like I said, if they had been humans seeing a free lunch…

Hope you are flying fine, too.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Dog with chewed up toy and stuffing everywhere(© image, ALL rights reserved copyrighted, NO permissions granted) image, ALL rights reserved copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

“OK, that was fun. Now what?” A throw down toy we had hidden for dark times..after a bit of squeaker removal surgery first. We’ve had almost a week of rain storms and it started up again last night with over 10 inches in 6 hours today. Some street flooding and flash flood warnings. Molly tried the deluge this morning in the back yard, but only for a second. There was a short period of light rain, so we dashed out on leash then. The inevitable can only be put off just so long…it’s sailboat foul weather gear time…and the cat is looking far too smug…like we have forgotten the early morning retching sounds and “Clean up on aisle 3.”(© image)



  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 3 2018 11:30 am

    maybe mr. hitchcock saw it too and it inspired him to his movie?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2018 11:45 am

      That movie was my first thought. There were hundreds of birds – each flock taking turns swooping across the water to fish. The wide angled shots didn’t come out as Molly was bored, ready to move on, and said, “Hey, we’re not here to stand still and watch birds. It’s my turn.”
      Thanks for loping over to toss a paw some comment!

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Sep 3 2018 11:35 am

    Yikes! My husband would say you are infested with birds. (He always has a slightly different vocabulary than I do). I have been gliding through a few days of no barf from Mollie. She is our daily barfer (whether she needs it or not). Wonder if she’s storing it up for a huge deluge. Happy boating.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2018 11:49 am

      Some mornings, knowing what I heard is somewhere is the only reason I get up so early…especially like RC habit of leaping up the bed afterwards and proclaiming she feels much better now and would like something to eat….and breathing on you….
      We’re going to have venture outside soon…flood warning at least until 7 pm…who needs the designation as a hurricane? Oh, well, stocked up on important stuff yesterday…toilet paper, paper towels for cat events, Oreos,chips and beer.
      Thanks for the splashy comment!

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  3. shoreacres / Sep 3 2018 11:36 am

    I suspect those birds are happier than the squirrel that keeps poking his nose out of the nearest palm tree. He goes halfway down the trunk and then heads back up into the shelter of the leaves. I’m tempted to throw some peanuts down to him. In fact, I just might do that. If he can beat the bluejays, it might make his (rainy) afternoon.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2018 11:54 am

      We noticed the local squirrels (animals, a some humans were purposefully out at Target) were really busy yesterday collecting acorns. (Little did I know I had “sight” when writing that last bit about Sept being the race of the hurricanes…fingers crossed this is the worst rain we get over these next few weeks). Stay dry. Thanks for sloshing down here with a comment


  4. sustainabilitea / Sep 3 2018 1:19 pm

    That’s a lot of birds! We saw something similar last fall along a river as we were cycling, lots and lots of egrets. It was quite something.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2018 4:20 pm

      It was just stopped weird seeing all of these species all camped around one spot – and taking turns for flyover fishing.
      Mobs of them along a river while on bike would be amazing. Sometime we stumble across the coolest sights. Thanks for winging in to share a comment

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  5. Littlesundog / Sep 3 2018 3:31 pm

    And we can’t get a drop of rain here! The slough finally dried up and the old river channel too. Too bad the rain can’t be routed to parts that need it desperately. I hope the land mammals and critters manage to find higher ground. Surgical squeaker removal is performed here too. Keep dry… and keep us posted!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2018 4:08 pm

      Finally a break in the rain…only to return about 3am+. Galveston’s Strand has water up to bumpers in spots. Causing some cruise passengers to wade over to their ships – or ride the donated big trucks like the Avacado Co. delivery truck – to the cruise docks. This is just a tropical wave, but soggy enough. Molly is barking to walk while we can.
      Tropical storm/hurricane Gordon’s predictions have it clipping the corner of TX and heading your way (Wed?) – so maybe it’ll only be moderate rain by then.(If the Romans could make aqueducts that still function, you’d think we could collect and move water…we can and could, but people have to decide to do it…) This area’s Cajun Navy people/Harris Co emergency units are moving people and equipment in order to be in place to assist once the storm passes the coastal areas. Always return favors.
      Keep an eye on the sky. Thanks for arriving just in time with a comment

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      • Littlesundog / Sep 3 2018 8:36 pm

        I think our chances are best on Tuesday and Wednesday. Keep safe!!!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 4 2018 9:06 am

          A fast mover, but many turn right at Little Rock. Little Rock gets so much extreme weather.
          Got out for early dog walk, between storms…do appreciate the slightly cooler weather…if only something could be done with the heavy air and humidity…

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  6. Xena and Lucy / Sep 3 2018 4:54 pm

    Perhaps the sacrifice of a stuffie will appease the rain gods. It’s good someone had the guts to do it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2018 5:07 pm

      Molly tried to haul in a sizable branch she collected on an early walk, but we said it wasn’t really seeking shelter – she finally agreed the porch was suitable.
      She is all about protecting nature.
      Thanks for the knowing nod towards her efforts

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  7. ShimonZ / Sep 4 2018 12:04 am

    That’s a lot of rain, Phil. I think it was meant for us… we’ve been having some dry years lately. But then a birdie whispered in its ear, ‘Haven’t you heard that America is great again?’ and off they went to add to your blessings.


  8. LordBeariOfBow / Sep 6 2018 5:08 pm

    Funny how I’ve never thought of Texas as having oceans beaches and palm trees just ranches and dust and cows, I suppose we can blame the cowboy movies when growing up back in the 40’s and 50’s

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  9. RKLikesReeses / Sep 9 2018 12:59 pm

    Ooo…those birds! Gorgeous, intriguing, even inspiring. Lovely pix!! Hooray for toys and the ability to remove squeakers. So much rain! Yeeeeeowww!!! Oh, gosh – dogs’ schedules must be tough to maintain in bad weather. Molly’s a beauty. Is that cotton around her paws? Or stuffing from an eviscerated toy?
    Sorry to hear about RC’s early morning retching sounds. The Princesses have been dealing with hairballs lately. (((hugs))) 🙂

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  10. cat9984 / Sep 11 2018 1:36 pm

    The cat is probably the only one not inconvenienced by the rain. I’ve always thought of Houston as a fairly dry place. Shows what I know.

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