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  • Memorial Day weekend is when the seals abandon the South Fork beaches, turning them over to the summer crowd. But, well-fed and happy, they remain in the area, just slinking off to remote places to relax. Kind of like the locals.
  • It’s fishing season once again, but for one reason or another I have yet to give it a try. Such is the state of things in the spring; pre-high season work demands a lot of attention, and with a house renovation under way, weekends seem to be taken up with arguing about tile choices and the like.
  • Leaves are starting to emerge on the trees outside my office window on the second floor of the Star. I get melancholy about this each year because they both cut off my view of the proceedings that go on in front of the East Hampton Library and because they signal that the off-season is coming to an end.
  • The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons annual Pet Celebration Day will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the ARF Adoption Center, 91 Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott. Leashed dogs and cats in carriers will be welcomed, along with their owners, for treats, contests, and no-cost microchip identification tags (for the animals).
  • Looking at three sparrows the other day at the water’s edge of Northwest Creek, I got to wondering about why exactly it was that anyone spends any time at all watching birds.
  • The dead whale that fetched up in the bay near our house at some point during the past weekend has drawn considerable attention, as dead whales do.
  • The animal dynamics in the Rattray household got weird this week when our in-laws’ Chihuahua-mix dogs arrived for a several-day stay. Actually, the lives of our varied house pets are weird enough on any given day, but the addition of these two little darlings put things over the top.
  • I took down the ancient whale rib from the mantelpiece on Sunday. The housepainter was to arrive the next day, and it, and other cherished objects, most from my family’s past, needed to be put away.
  • Leo has an Instagram account. He launched it after learning that a pig in Canada had 200,000 followers, and a book deal. Or at least that’s what I’ve been telling people.
  • East Hampton has 1,000 tons of compost it can’t get rid of. A couple of weeks back, officials sent out a notice announcing the town had a large amount unscreened compost to unload.

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