Although it was only November, there had been several winter gales over the past two weeks, and the sandy beach was already covered in seaweeds torn up from the sea bed by the storms. The rotting seaweed did not smell very nice, but Algy didn’t mind, because many of the other birds loved to forage among it.

Algy wishes his American friends good foraging today too, and a very happy Thanksgiving to all those on the far side of the ocean he is staring at 🙂

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to all Algy’s American friends today! Algy hopes that you will all have a truly joyful and peaceful holiday xoxo

As Algy and his assistant perched on a rock by the water’s edge, watching the sea swirl around their toes while the sun sank down behind the clouds, they too gave thanks – for all their amazing and wonderful Tumblr friends who have provided so much encouragement and support for Algy’s fundraising campaign. Algy has been deeply touched by the extraordinary response he has received, by the numerous reblogs on blogs on which he does not normally appear, and by the sweet kindness of those friends who have included his campaign launch post on their own personal photography blogs. Thank you all from the bottom of Algy’s fluffy heart. He sends lots and lots of fluffy hugs to you all xoxoxox

Algy understands that many of his American friends celebrate something called Thanksgiving today, and they take the opportunity to consider those things for which they are thankful.

After his excited splash in the sea, Algy very prudently clambered back up onto his lobster pot float, and began to paddle again. As the rays of the sinking sun lit up the water around him, Algy felt truly thankful for just being alive, for being surrounded by the amazing beauty of nature, and above all for being able to share his adventures with all of you. Thank you all so much for making this possible – and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate today xx

As a bird, Algy has certain reservations about the American tradition of Thanksgiving. However, he decided to enter into the spirit of the festival, and sent overseas for a genuine pumpkin pie.

When it arrived he took it down to the jetty in front of the post office, and settled himself comfortably on the fishing nets. But he thought that maybe pies didn’t care to leave their native land, as his seemed awful hard to bite …

Algy wishes all his American friends a Happy Holiday!

Algy Tries Pumpkin Pie on Thanksgiving Day

Algy wasn’t sure that he entirely understood the American festival of Thanksgiving, as his pie didn’t seem to have quite the intended effect when eaten on a jetty in the West Highlands of Scotland. But he tried his best to appreciate it, and hoped that his friends in America would enjoy their own pies in the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

          Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West,
          From North and from South come the pilgrim and guest,
          When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
          The old broken links of affection restored,
          When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
          And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before,
          What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye?
          What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie?

[From the poem The Pumpkin by John Greenleaf Whittier.]