I was watching these guys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn I named them, approaching from 3-400 yards away. At first I thought it was a common log we see often drifting with the tide either in or out. I kept my eye on it while watching the Green Heron and noticed some movement.
In other words it's a report on how much smoke is in the air, advising people with health limitations to wear a mask and remain indoors. It sounds a lot like the Covid directives, not to be let down we are quarantined again for who knows how long. Tomorrow the air is suppose to be clear, however Thursday is predicted to be a nasty gram smoke day
No mammals like hot peppers, birds on the other hand don't mind them. In fact I have heard (through the coconut telegraph) Parrots really like them. I plan on making a hot sauce and spreading it liberally on the feeders.
I suppose there is a silver lining if it can be called that, Arsonist are being arrested on a regular basis. It's obvious to most people I've talked to, I'm assuming it's a common thought most of the fires are started either intentionally or accidentally by humans. Now we're waiting for the Government agencies that have been fighting these things for over one hundred years to solve the problem. Anyone see a problem with that?
The Vultures, Ravens (Crows as well) and Red Tailed Hawks are the major players in this wind. The small birds are out but they stay close to the ground and abandon the slough at noon when the bigger birds are just showing themselves.
The storm is still churning out there, the wind is howling accompanied with rain, hard at times. We lose power frequently, we are at the end of the utility service and the furthest East in our County. I don't mind the outages or the lack of heat nor will I complain about the minor inconvenience I am faced with when I know it can get a lot worse very rapidly; as it has for many people here last night
Early morning brought a nice change, the sky was clear; visibility was over 16 miles. The heavy dew and fog helped bring the fires under control. We can't celebrate yet as the fire season has just begun.
The smoke is worse than the self quarantine, each day it gets heavier. Early this morning I was stirred awake with the smell of burning paper. During Wildfire season it's difficult to know if the fire is 100 miles away or downstairs.
There is a silver lining behind each cloud, dark or otherwise, and that is one type of explosion is harmless. A neighbor has a signal gun, in other words a small cannon charged with gunpowder