The Hurricaine


“I knew it was coming.

Unbeknownst to most, osprey can sense and predict the weather much better that humans.

There is a subspecies of humans that believe they have special powers, when it comes to predicting the weather. They believe they have a rare recessive gene that gives them this ability. It also gives them large egos, an actor want-a-be complex, good looks and white teeth. The particular human of interest, to which I refer, is called a Meteorologist. I only mention this as a fleeting humorous observation I have made of humanity.

Now let us get more serious.

This hurricane they call “Arthur” is really just an area of low pressure originating in the tropics with winds that began spinning counter-clockwise a few days ago. When the wind speed reached 74 mph, everyone started calling “Arthur”.


The Doctor is confident our platform-nest can withstand this class 1 hurricane. I think so too. But make no mistake, this hurricane is a threat to Tweedy, Ozzie and myself. We will do the best we can do. What else is there? Isn’t that what we all do? The best we can do, being honest and truthful to ourselves and the ones we love?”


The Doctor:

This was the last communication I had with Harriett last night. Now steel your heart for some bad news.

Thursday July 3, 2014. 8:38 PM

Hunkerd down
Hunkered Down

9:09 and 48 sec.

It Happened

Friday July 4, 2014.



Friday Morning

Morning after

Harriett comes back to survey the damage.



But, she does not contact me. I have tried to contact her three or four times today. She does not respond.

About Harriett Raptor

Eight-year-old mother of five, fluent in telepathy, a possessor of genetic memory, a genius and scholar. Harriett holds the equivalent of a PhD in philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and the Homo sapiens’ concept of the humanities. Her understanding of mathematics and logic are beyond Homo sapiens’ current comprehension. Harriett is a thinker, a wise osprey, especially distinguished for her expertise in the Homo sapiens problem.
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4 Responses to The Hurricaine

  1. Poor Tweedy…..I didn’t even think of our little friend as I watched news about Arthur visiting our favorite beach. I trust Tweedy was not mature enough to survive the big blow. R.I.P. Tweedy and it is probably too late for Ozzie and Harriett to hatch a second family this season. My own instincts would have been to take Tweedy from the nest before the storm with the possibility of hand feeding. It is probably illegal but better to ask forgiveness than permission. I hope that Ozzie and Harriett did survive.

  2. Linda Cumberland says:

    The Doctor should not feel so bad. Harriett is not communicating right now because she is suffering from the “empty nest” syndrome. Just ask any mother about this. Ozzie and Harriett encouraged Tweedy to flap and strengthen her wings and from recent pictures the Doctor has sent out, she really looked about ready to leave the nest on her own. Perhaps Mother Nature helped the family to make the migration decision a little early. I do hope the nest is uprighted and new adventures abound. lc

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