My office window faces out to an overgrown, rangy privet tree, an oak slowly being overtaken by ivy (not in my yard, so I can't go and save it), a redwood tree, and an undergrowth thicket of shrub and weeds and dead branches.
The past week as I've sat here writing, I've been taken out of my imaginary world by a squirrel. I notices him following his branch path down the privet, onto the oak, and then up to the top of the oak where he was what? Stuffing himself with ivy leaves? Squirrels eat ivy? I thought.
But no--he was stuffing his mouth in a very organized fashion, using his paws to keep things under control so he could see, and then running with his full mouth down the oak, into the privet, where I could see some movement at the west side of the tree.
Then he came back again--empty mouthed--and loaded up again. This went on a few times, until the run he made past the ivy onto the berry bush, where he had a little snack to refresh and recharge. Then back at the ivy leaf collection.
I called my boyfriend in, and we watched this, deciding that his thoughts were something like: babies, need babies. House. Need house. Leaves. Leaves. Leaves. Girl. Get girl to house. Go. Leaves. Girl. Babies.
Yesterday, he was at it again (I have not sexed this animal, making up the story as it unfolds). the house has to be close to done and his runs were fewer and farther between.
He even calmed down enough to incite the hermit thrush to come out of its little cave like nest to eat ivy berries before hiding once again as Mr. Squirrel With Babies on His Mind started up again.
I love that animals have their own lives and missions and plans. One of my favorite things to see is a dog walking down a sidewalk, clearly on a preplanned mission. Of course, I hope the dog doesn't get picked up by animal control, but it is fun to watch and imagine what the day's events are: Go here, visit this house, eat something, yuck, yuck, chew it, eat it anyway, find friend, home now, food.
So it's early--Mr. Squirrel not out, nor is the thrush. So much to look forward to!
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