Being Neighborly

Pair 1

“It’s almost 6 o’clock,” said Harriett.

“So what,” replied Ozzie, feigning ignorance.

“We talked about this before!”  Harriett abruptly burst forth a disapproving vocalization.

“I want you to go down there and be neighborly.”

“Down where?” Ozzie stalled.

Harriett’s tolerance could no longer prevent the straw from breaking her back.

“In the marsh just behind the Doctor’s giant nest!”

Harriett tried in vain to contain her outrage. She felt a fleeting rush of anger towards her loved one.

“Well, I don’t want to,” was Ozzie’s untimely retort, making the situation worse.

Harriet turned to Ozzie and gave him one of her serious looks.

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“It doesn’t matter if you want to or not. The Doctor has been good to us and we need to be neighborly.”

“Yeah, but I don’t feel like going right now.” Ozzie continues oblivious to Harriett’s outrage.

Ozzie did not read Harriett’s body language accurately.

“You are obstinate, self serving, unappreciative, and lacking in empathy! ”

Harriett unleashed her sentiments.


“When you’re a celebrity you have certain responsibilities to your friends.  Have not heard of H. sapiens William and Kate?  Well, they have it mastered. ”

“Since when am I a celebrity?  Ozzie continued to resist.

“Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie,” Harriet shook her head with exasperation.

“Ozzie, why do you underestimate yourself?  Look at yourself from the eyes of your H. sapien friends.  Who flies to or from South America twice a year?  Who has survived the cruel world of mother nature and come out on top?  Who found the North River and brought me here?  Who help me build this wonderful nest?  Who fought off that horrible Ivan the Terrible?  Who got me so excited I laid 3 eggs?  And who is the best fisherman of all time? Do I have to go on?”

Ozzie smiled and in perfect English said,

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“Okay, I’ll do it.”

Ozzie in Marsh 1 4   5.1 DSC_0011 6

“Darn good looking bird,” said the Female H. sapien that lives with the Doctor, in his giant nest on the bank of the North River.



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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5 Responses to Being Neighborly

  1. Vicky PM7 says:

    Happy days are here again!!! The camera is working!!! Thanks, Doc!

    • The Doctor’s IT guy is a genius. Not only a genius but courageous, motivated and dedicated. The title is high Wednesday night at 7 PM. I must’ve misread the tide chart. Nonetheless, undaunted, with the new power converter, delivered overnight by Amazon, he braved the high water, wind, diving birds and rickety ladder just to bring you this image. Thank you Mister IT genius. He

  2. jimazing says:

    Looking good, Ozzie!

  3. With a mate like Harriet, it’s hard not to look good. I let the doctor walk right up to me, within 20 meters. He was taking pictures with is camera but couldn’t hold it steady enough to get any good photos. However the Doctor did notice as he got closer my nictitating membrane began to close, a subtle sign of my defensive stance. I don’t think anyone else noticed.


  4. Cynthia Canipe says:

    Congrats to the Doc for his persistence! and to Ozzie for generating so much excitement in Harriet. 3 EGGS! you da man!

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