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Who else is thinking it would be fun to drop one on the Spectrum? Because obviously they're not going to mind the signs. :D
Fly-through feeder -- male and female cardinals, large flock of sparrows
Hopper feeder -- two fox squirrels, a few mourning doves, large flock of sparrows
Suet feeder -- downy woodpecker, either a northern flicker or a red-bellied woodpecker, several sparrows
I thought the large woodpecker was a flicker at first, because that is what we've had in the past. But the red patch is quite large, so it may be a red-bellied woodpecker. It's hard to see the field marks through the window at available angles. Apparently habitat changes mean fewer red-headed woodpeckers and flickers, but more red-bellied woodpeckers.
EDIT 1/14/16: I am now more strongly convinced that this is a red-bellied woodpecker. The whole top and back of the head is red, unlike the small red patch of a flicker. But I still couldn't see the belly (which is plain on a red-bellied woodpecker but speckled on a flicker).
"The Superfluity of Thumbs"
For a long time, scientists thought
that tool use was exclusive to humanity
and required opposable thumbs.
Then they started to realize that
some animals could use tools
even if they hadn't invented them,
like kittens trained to use a toilet
instead of a litterbox.
Some wild animals turned out
to use tools as well, such as
octopodes carrying seashells
or coconut shells for shelter.
Others used them for fun,
like birds snowboarding
down a roof on a plastic lid.
Tool use, is seems, is not
limited by physique or species,
only by ingenuity.
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Animal tool use has taken time to discover. Domesticated animals can be trained to use tools, such as toilet-training a cat. In the wild, octopodes use coconuts and seashells for shelter, and birds use plastic lids as snowboards.
The world is full of things
that should not exist, but do;
could not perform, but do.
They are logical impossibilities
that question assumptions
and poke holes in theories.
Fat, fuzzy bumblebees
fly on unbelievable wings.
Ball lightning fizzes its way
Spitting cobras were considered a myth
until white folks learned the hard way
that the warnings were real.
Science is always learning and growing,
an infinite process of trial and error.
Whatever is, must be possible.
Hope is the understanding that
logic doesn't know everything.
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Read about bumblebee flight.
Ball lightning is a rare weather phenomenon that took a long time to catch on film.
Spitting cobras are also real, although for a long time books said it was a myth.
I have a linkback poem, "The Least of These" (11 verses, The Ocracies).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts. I am now.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
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"Oaks and Olives"
The future of the elders lies
not in their hours or days,
but in oaks and olives.
They have already run their race,
made homes, raised children,
arranged their affairs.
They do not look to the future
for their own sake, but for
those who come after.
Do not come to them with questions
about what the future may hold:
it will not hold them for long.
The future of the elders
is planting trees in whose shade
they know they will never be able to sit.
Anyone wanting to write their own Week Two letter to the editor is welcome to do so. The DW organization page is here. lynnoconnacht is helping me make one for my PenUltimate Productions site, so please keep her posted on anything you write for this thread, using this template.
You are all made of awesome. The whole Berettaflies thing started out as one poem and has blossomed into a whole branch of its own. :D Thanks!
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