Today marks summer’s midpoint, Lughnasa, the magic moment halfway between the solstice and equinox that open and close the bright time of year.
Summer, the season of play. Lincoln Park’s saltwater swimming pool is open, and the bluff above rings with the exultant sounds of “Marco!” “Polo!” and shrieks and splashes of kids emerging from the spiral slide into the deep end. Kids built forts—
Fort on Lincoln Park beach
—frisbees soar across park lawns, volleyball games sprout on Alki Beach. We play by moving ourselves around in fun ways, by moving things around in playing catch or to build interesting structures, and by horsing around with each other.
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The forest’s birds play too. Continue reading
Posted in Animal perception, Animals, Birds, Seasons, Summer
Tagged animal play, Antarctica, beach, bird, cooper's hawk, crow, ecopsychology, fort, lincoln park, Lughnasa, owl, play, playful, summer
As I mentioned last time, it’s been a hard season for forest babies: no eaglet, no owlet, no bushtit-lets. After realizing this wouldn’t be the year for any of them, it took a while to recalibrate my attention toward the less conspicuous developments of spring nesting, those subtle clues to smaller dramas. On closer inspection, the Black-capped Chickadee hopping through the hawthornes turned out to be gleaning nutritious protein for its children, hidden somewhere in nearby shrubbery but peeping insistently for their forthcoming meal.
Black-capped Chickadee with grub
Posted in Animals, Birds, Seasons
Tagged bird nests, chickadee, fledging, junco, natural presence, nesting birds, pileated woodpecker, squirrel, summer, west seattle