Woodpecker

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.”

~ Henry Ford (1863-1947), American businessman

(Quote Source: brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henryford122851.html)

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I like woodpeckers because they always use their heads!

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Instead of a quote, today I share with you a brief clip from a 1950’s television show, The Honeymooners.  Characters Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) and Ed Norton (Art Carney) are meeting for lunch in the park when Ed spots a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

(Television clip found on YouTube.com)

I grew up believing that a bird with this curious name was merely fictional. To me, the name was invented by a television writer to add humor to this particular sketch on The Honeymooners.

Fast forward to the summer of 2015 when I caught a shot of this bird.  I had not seen it before.  Imagine my surprise to learn that it was in fact a real Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Wow!

So, I guess this is what Ed Norton was looking at in the park that day with his binoculars.

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Yoga Duck

“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.”

~Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously…I’m Kidding

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Female Mallard duck balancing while she “rests.”  Amazing!  Animals model balance for us on a regular basis.  The struggle to survive certainly sets priorities for them.

 

Naughty Squirrels

“Until mankind can extend the circle of his compassion to include all living things, he will never, himself, know peace.”

~Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), Nobel Peace prize winner

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Once in awhile I need a quote such as this one from Albert Schweitzer to remind me that the squirrels gnawing on my bird feeder, my outdoor decor, and my deck railings are merely trying to survive — just like all other living creatures.  Anyone else ever find themselves challenged by these determined, and frustratingly naughty creatures?