Smarter Than Us…

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In her book “the wave in the mind”, (2004, Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boulder, Colorado), author Ursula K. LeGuin contends that cats and dogs are superiorly smart over the human being.

“They look in the mirror, once, when they’re a kitten or a puppy,” Le Guin says; “They get all excited… run around hunting for the kitten or the puppy behind the glass… then they get it. It’s a trick… they never look again.”

“My cat will meet my eyes in the mirror, but never his own,” she concludes.

What is your view of the intelligence of our domestic animal friends?

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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http://www.horsesandanimalsaretalkin.wordpress.com

Even As Snowflakes Fell…

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Bare branches revealed tree birds and others busy at work even as snowflakes began to flurry around them. (ABOVE) a Red-bellied Woodpecker seeks insects hiding in the cracks of tree bark.

In the following pictures, respectively, a squirrel accepts a treat left on the ground by apartment residents; a Canada goose searches for friends near the riverbank; two Starlings sing a tune while retrieving tree berries; and a female Cardinal checks out future Spring nesting possibilities among thick branches.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Sharing A Feeder

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A pair of Nuthatches share a seed feeder on a cold, sunny morning in November. At the back of the feeder, you can see the head and beak of a mate as Mister pulls seeds from the cedar hanger’s contents in front.

View more of my out-of-camera, unretouched animal and bird photos here.

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Ph0to from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg