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January 5, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Movable feasting.

Harold wanted it all:

Exotic appetizers. Resort party scene.

Along with a healthy diet and environmentally, friendly lifestyle.

Somehow he’s managed to do just that.

But he’d better stay out of the street.

Harold (seen in the paparazzi photos below) disregards seasonal fashions preferring classic, elegant white attire.

We suspect he’s shamelessly living off others as we’ve seen him all over neighborhood yards as well as the resort and marina grounds – walking around as if he owns the place.

As if he feels he adds a touch of class and that’s enough.

But he’d better stay out of the street.

Harold knows the dog walkers will detour around him. His grace and regal pace is enough to halt small children in their tracks. All it takes is his raising his head all the way up to the top of that very very long neck which can perform a very threatening wiggle and thrust added to a serious warning hiss to back off the attack-cat-from-hell known for sneak attacks on dogs of all sizes who lives a few blocks away.

Harold is a force. Owns the neighborhood.

If disturbed (he’d never admit feeling threatened) he unfolds wings that an angel would envy, glides to a roof or tree limb, then squawks his disapproval. And all feel the rebuke. Shamed. When satisfied you have suffered enough, he’ll sail back to where he was.

But he’d better stay out of the street.

While most will relinquish the road to him …waiting patiently for him to finish his stroll across…waiting (“Is he on the curb yet? Now?”),…there’s always those texting, the pizza deliveries, and oblivious drivers in a hurry. Fortunately, Amazon drivers seem  to be amused.

In summer Harold knows which lawn sprinklers come on when. So many delicious little creatures come out to the watering holes.

White bird.Harold delighted dinner is served. under the Mediterranean palms (© image. Copyrighted. all rights reserved. no permissions granted)

Harold stepping up delighted.(© image)

This time of year, he seems to take advantage of the buffets warmed by Christmas lights.

New Year’s Day Harold was lounging around our front flowerbed which has rows and rows of old fashioned big bulb light strings snaking in and out of the little cold-delicate palm trees to keep their tootsies warm. (They hate their coats. Even RC Cat agreed: “No to Plant Couture“)

We thought he was perhaps auditioning for lawn ornament he was so still. Demonstrating how a little statuary could add charm to a garden?

Then he lengthened his neck as much as possible, slowly – incredibly slowly- leaned forward, then faster than a rattlesnake, he shot his head forward to grab a nice warm lizard off the trunk. A small flip and a big gulp. Appetizers served.

A few quiet steps forward and repeat the dance.

Since we don’t use lawn chemicals, it’s like the Lizard Kingdom here. We thought the lizards only had to worry about Molly Malamute dashing at them causing tail damage, but it appears that fat, sassy, overly confident lizards are a big draw to the big bird.

Wonder if he’ll tells friends?

Been on the foodie route before. (“Flocking to Occupy Small Street“)

Good taste in neighborhoods. (But Harold, stay out of the street!)

Phil, the Philosopher mouse of the Hedge.

(Small production note. So far daily treatments are being well tolerated by Sr Staff. So maybe…maybe…there will be a chance to write posts. So far so good. Thanks for all the positive thoughts sent)

White bird strutting down driveway. (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

If Harold was an actor, he’d probably be Fred Astaire. You can see that, right? (© image)

man dancing. Fred Astaire 1955 studio publicity still (USPD., artist life/

Fred Astaire 1955. Classy style, grace, and long lean body. No doubt about it. He could really fly. (USPD/




  1. easyweimaraner / Jan 5 2021 6:54 am

    we totally agree…. and we would like Harold in our garden too ;o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2021 7:43 am

      You two would have to master the zen art of chasing birds in slow motion….could be fun? Thanks for chasing a comment down to leave


  2. Littlesundog / Jan 5 2021 7:18 am

    Hmm, Harold is no different than any other opportunist. At least he has an elegant look AND he offers a splash of focal beauty to the front yard.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2021 7:48 am

      It’s like “Where’s Waldo?” around here. While you can’t tell, his wings are huge and makes quite a sight when he launches himself skyward. I’ve never seen anything move sofas as his beak and neck when he decides to strike. Flip of thence and gobble. You wonder if you dreamed the whole segment. Survival adaptations are amazing. Hope the ice storms aren’t wrecking all your trees – but hey, the fallen brush offers lovely deer hiding spots. Thanks for tucking a comment in here

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  3. Maggie Wilson / Jan 5 2021 7:33 am

    Lovely fauna you have there. and good news on the Rx front.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2021 7:52 am

      These plants are pretty winter hardy, but…Have been having discussions with seasonal fronts…really wish we could avoid ice and long freezes this winter. There’s other things I’d like to do in Spring other than redo landscape.THis is the time of year to sit on your hands…sunny warm weather and you think about trimming and planting, but you know there’s a big blast of cold that will show up so it’s better to wait. Hope your new year is bright and charmed. Thanks for digging up a comment to leave here

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  4. marina kanavaki / Jan 5 2021 7:59 am

    Harold Astaire… but of course!!!! 😉

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2021 8:23 am

      Long lost brothers! Thanks for flying in with that! (Paw waves – and we’re off the play the field and swim in the pond for a bit – gotta take advantage of mild sunny weather. Hope Hera snd you are able to get outside some to run, too! )

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      • marina kanavaki / Jan 5 2021 9:27 am

        Have fun!!
        Hera sends paw waves back albeit slightly envious but she’ll be given treats and hugs instead! 😘🐾

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  5. Kate Crimmins / Jan 5 2021 8:01 am

    A few years back we had a wild turkey come in every day around 4 and clean up under the birdfeeders. We called her Georgia. She came 2 summers and then she was gone. I missed her. She was like clockwork. Some years a mallard couple will court in our small pond. I always want to yell at them “get a room!” You have to love beautiful wildlife decorating your yard and doing their own version of clean up!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2021 8:22 am

      Wild turkey! Oh, the feathered kind (HAHA) Turkeys are so weird. SIL had them all over the ranch and they would show up near the house like you were expected to give them breakfast…they finally convinced the bunch to hang out down the hill a bit near the deer feeder (set up for viewing purposes only)
      Wonder how long it will take the critters to find you once you’ve moved to the new place. You can’t escape. Thanks for feathering this nest with a comment

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      • Kate Crimmins / Jan 5 2021 3:57 pm

        Not long. I’m taking 200 lbs. of sunflower seeds and mega feeders! 🙂

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  6. Curt Mekemson / Jan 5 2021 11:52 am

    Nothing like a wiggling lizard in your belly. Jazzes up life. When I was growing up, Demon the Cat always brought presents home of half eaten lizards. It was my job to dispose of them. No wiggle in the belly there. Although I would sometimes tie a string around them and giver the lizards a strange afterlife that Demon always appreciated. Does RC occasionally decorate your doorstep with a lizard? –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2021 12:58 pm

      RC doesn’t deign down in the dirt hunting. However she has ben seen directing and instruction Molly Malamute through the screen on technique and pounce timing…although the cat seems to snicker behind paw as lizards manage to dart between large dog toes and “disappear” in the grass. It’s kinda like twist and shout or doing the mashed potatoes when Molly hunts small things….she prefers to dig up earthworms if given a choice.
      Thanks for dishing up a comment

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      • Curt Mekemson / Jan 5 2021 2:43 pm

        Ah, one of those cats! Demon, who was a black as coal, had two professions. One was sinking her claws into anything she could sink them into with impunity. The other was having kittens. I slept outside in the summer. One morning I woke up with wet feet and looked down to discover that Demon had dropped a littler oo on my feet. 🙂 Now, hunting earthworms, there’s a profession for you. Does Molly eat them?

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2021 3:53 pm

          The cat habit of kittens is probably why mom said not cats when we were little.
          Yes, actually Molly loves to munch on earthworms…crawfish, not so much. She is her own person HA HA


          • Curt Mekemson / Jan 6 2021 11:31 am

            I think half of the cats in ElDorado County (where I was raised in the Sierra Foothills) may be descendants of Demon. 🙂
            That’s funny. Molly is indeed her own person. Peggy ate earthworms once. She was principal of an elementary school and every year the kids had a reading contest to see how many books they could read. As part of it, they could challenge the principal to take on a particular task if they achieved their goal. One year it was eating earthworms. 🙂 –Curt

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 6 2021 4:51 pm

            Well, it’s protein!


          • Curt Mekemson / Jan 7 2021 2:52 pm

            When I was a kid, my brother raised the large night-crawlers for fishing. The fish found them irresistible. Not me. 🙂

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  7. disperser / Jan 5 2021 12:33 pm

    Nothing like warm lizards . . . I guess. And nice to read good news.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2021 1:01 pm

      Other than a striking rattler, I’ve never seen anything jolt that fast. You’d never guess the hidden speed if you only saw Harold parading around and acting like he’s a celebrity on the red carpet posing….only it’s the street, Harold

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  8. sustainabilitea / Jan 5 2021 2:35 pm

    I like the comparison with Fred, although Fred never seemed to stand as still as Harold is able to. I’m surprised to see him in the street and neighborhood. I’ve usually seem them in parks and around lakes. I guess they could visit swimming pools here, but I have my doubts about that.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2021 3:51 pm

      Fred’s very still on vintage movie pause! I think he’d approve of Harold’s style. We live very very close to the lake with wetlands and fields nearby (the bird flocks feel like they still now the place – and of course they do. It’s a small tucked in neighborhood of circling streets and cul-de-sac on land not used by the conference hotel and marina. Lots and lots of oak trees now big. This is a protected birding area..right now the local ducks are miffed the “northern duck version of human snowbirds” have arrived for the winter.
      They also know when places/open lands are mowed and show up to dine on bounced loose insects and critters.
      Don’t know about swimming pool attraction other than the occasional ducks, raccoons, and gators. The lake, coves, and marsh areas just too convenient…unless hors d’oeuvre are being served! HAHA. Thanks for winging by with a comment

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  9. Kirt D Tisdale / Jan 5 2021 3:58 pm

    What a stunning bird. Love reading your description and wondered what that type of bird feasted on…now I know…lizards!! Yummy!! Great post!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2021 4:04 pm

      I always though Harold ate bugs – he hangs out near the common area sprinklers early/late in the summer days…but he apparently is able to do those slow-mo moves fueled on solid protein. One gulp and no leftovers cluttering up the place. Who knew he could snake that neck at whiplash speed. Adaptation for survival are spectacular. Thanks for wandering over to chat

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  10. Ally Bean / Jan 7 2021 8:41 am

    Harold is a hoot. How clever he is to find your yard, and your generosity of spirit which includes a lizard buffet. This is just the kind of loony story that makes my heart fly.

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