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Wildlife on the beach

It has gotten very hot-- summer is off with a zoom. Morning starts later, and we stay up later too. Sabir is getting his last walk after midnight.

It is really serene here so late, most people are off the street. The stores are closed, the lights of the city are visible, but seem far. You can even see some of the brightest stars. I do miss the stars.

Late at night the animals are out. Son and I saw an opossum over the weekend. He did not let us too close, maybe 5 car lengths from him, but he was visible under the streetlight, a little bigger than a cat. You cannot mistake them, nothing else moves that way.

Last night we took Sabir to the beach, and saw a heron fishing in the dark. I had no idea that they did that. I guess it is a good time to get fish, the inlet was hopping with activity. Not least were the amorous armourous horseshoe crabs! We had been waiting and watching-- they did not come with the dark of the moon, but only a few days off. We must have walked the beach for an hour, and saw perhaps 20 of them in the sand, or just going back to the ocean. One couple, still coupled up, seemed to be dead. I left them alone in case they were just really preoccupied.

We did help about 6 or 8, who were stuck upside down. That is not the position to be in when the seagulls wake up. Clogged with sand they move feebly when you poke them, but placed right side up in the water again they remember who they are.

Sabir was able to go off-leash and run. He did not recognize the horseshoe crabs as anything alive. He did find a fish head which he doted on. I took it from him. I always worry there will be a hook.

The little pond-side beach there pleases me a lot. It has the clam flats, and the dunes, and the muddy tangy smell that I remember from my earliest life. The water is full of little fish, the tide edge is hopping with sand fleas. The heron must make a good living there or he would go somewhere else.

We traipsed home in wet sneaks. It was good.

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ba1126
Jun. 7th, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)
I'm envious. I wish I lived close to any kind of water!
vespican
Jun. 7th, 2016 09:30 pm (UTC)
Hot here in the Inland Northwest as well! High 90s the past couple of days. Thankful to have a/c in the house and in the truck. So much nicer driving home in the afternoon. (Home today because I went to a class on Medicare this am.) Have been waiting until near dark to water the yard...
Yes, summer is here, weatherwise, and almost as far as the calendar goes.
Dave
katriona_s
Jun. 8th, 2016 02:04 pm (UTC)
You described the scene calmly and beautifully. I envy you for the quiet time you have had with your family and a dog on the beach, and for your writing. Recently I have lost the mental margin to write in such way...
ba1126
Jun. 8th, 2016 03:23 pm (UTC)
Glad you did not approach the opossum. Wild animals that will let you approach are likely to be rabid!
eglantine_br
Jun. 8th, 2016 04:34 pm (UTC)
True. Saw a rabid raccoon once in New London Ct. He was stumbling along in broad daylight, his mouth stuck open. I was watching two toddlers in the yard at the time. I got them inside, shut the door and called the police. Police refused to come. Their mothers had also told them never to come near wild animals acting strange!

They told me to call animal control-- who said it was a job for police. Called police back, pointed out cars, and guns. Refused again. Racoon had disappeared by the time I scurried to my car. I suspect it was near death anyway.

This opossum was acting fine. He was properly wary of us, hunting bugs in the pine needles. I stayed back, I wanted to watch him and not scare him off. Had I seen in in daylight-- different matter!
nodbear
Jun. 19th, 2016 10:39 am (UTC)
Lovely to read this quiet and gracious description of night time at the waterside - needed some peaceful and graceful writing at the moment with all the hatred and accompanying horrors in Britain and France and the US
I love looking out from our window on the harbour at night here specially at this time of year when some people spend the weekend living on their boats and so the boats are lit in the evenings and there is the sound of soft chatter and laughter and the young lads and some of our newer Polish neighbours fish for mussels and other creatures on the harbour wall and the lockgate
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