Category Archives: wildlife

A gathering of geese

Just stand outside for a time and you’re bound to hear and maybe see geese flying south. Seeing these migrating birds isn’t anything unusual, still people stop and stare at the flying flocks.

Many times in fall and again in spring, we visited the Green Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a spot many Canada geese stop over for a rest and meal.

This column is about taking our young family to feed the geese. Our visit was fun, but of course also eventful.

I hope you enjoy this column from the 80s.

Maybe, to get out of the house, you’ll take a trip to the Wildlife Sanctuary, or another wildlife stopover.

Just take care if you do and watch your footing.

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Canada Geese in the sky

It’s always a good show each spring and fall when Canada geese fly through the sky. One day, when a few flocks merged and flew over Seymour, people came out of shops and homes to watch.

Everyone had their heads craned skyward as the geese honked past. I was amazed at how many people came outside. They were quite a sight, too.

Here’s my video of a column I wrote in 1981.

Things really don’t change.

Sometimes I’m stuck in the kitchen waiting for something to finish baking when there’s a sight to see outside. Foos can get burnt when this happens.

I’ve been taking photos of sunsets. The shortened time to this daily event can catch me off guard. I almost missed one this week because it came so soon, or at least seemed to come early. My seat by the kitchen window doesn’t always mean I’m attentive to what is happening outside.

May you experience the beauty of the changing seasons today.

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Fast flyer

I filmed a short video of this hummingbird before, but I had trouble getting a still photo.

This is what I was able to get today.

This bird is so fast I usually end up with empty air when snapping a photo.

It’s here and then it’s gone.

I’ll probably try again and see if I can get better coloring. The bright green just doesn’t show up well in this photo.

Still, I’m happy I finally got a shot. I hope I didn’t disturb its breakfast.

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Sandhill cranes down the farm lane

Here’s another wildlife video.

I hid behind a tree so I wouldn’t scare the sandhill cranes dancing on our lane.

It was a lovely evening and I’m happy with the video.

I do enjoy watching them.

They weren’t talking but their call sounds prehistoric.

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Hummingbird video

I was heading out to get the hummingbird feeder to refresh it’s sugar water when one buzzed right by me.

I thought it was a good time to try for a video.

My first video was from below, just standing on the porch with my camera, but the angle was all wrong.

Out came my ladder and I took up a silent, statue-like vigil and waited for the bird’s return.

I was happy that when it came back it stayed on a side where I could video it. Sorry, the noise in the background is my radio inside the house.

Hummingbirds fascinate me.

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