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By Tom Seymour | May 15, 2020

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I’ve had visitors lately, not human visitors, though. Hippity-Hop, the crow, visits every morning. Hippity had a feast on the leavings from my last lobster feast. Interestingly, it appears that Hippity-Hop is the same crow that Cliff Mink had befriended several years ago. Cliff reports even seeing the one-legged crow in the Belfast McDonald’s parking lot.

And then there is the rabbit. A snowshoe hare, actually. The hare has begun venturing very close to my house. In fact, while I was out hanging laundry, it hopped by me with barely a sign of recognition. The term, “mad as a March hare,” came to mind. This hare darts about, seemingly without a clue as to where it is headed. While March has long since passed, lingering cold weather may have the bunny in a March frame of mind.

Finally, looking out my driveway at dusk the other day I spied what at first glance looked like a bobcat. It was as big as a bobcat. But upon closer inspection the animal turned out to be the biggest raccoon I’ve ever seen, and I’m an old-time, 'coon hunter. This, “Mega-'Coon,” tops them all, though.

So while lacking in human companionship, the wild critters have done their part to keep me company.

Fiddleheads spotty

It’s way past fiddlehead time, but they are still coming up. I went to my favorite spot at the normal time and only found a few, scattered fiddleheads. The extreme cold has set them back. And then it snowed.

After the snow melted, a few days of almost-average temperatures caused the tasty, fern fronds to begin growing again, only to be disrupted by a hard freeze. The frost blackened and killed many fiddleheads.

I anticipate at least two weeks more of fiddlehead season this year, as the croziers once again attempt to grow to maturity.

Town Office re-do

I made an appointment last week with Waldo Town Clerk Sandra Smith, at the Waldo Town Office. My boat, trailer and automobile needed to be registered.

Upon entering, I was greeted by the small office area being sectioned off by a chain, a metal rectangle with bars that looked like what shopkeepers use in cities to keep intruders out, and a plexiglass shield hanging over the ledge.

This is, supposedly, the “new normal.” I sincerely hope that that is not the case. It was an unusual experience. I’m not downplaying the dangers of the virus, but found this all a bit otherworldly. Hopefully, some day we’ll return to a time when such measures are unnecessary. But until then, don’t forget to wear your mask and follow all protocols.

Weekly quote

“The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.” — William Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

 

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