Time to join Heart Like a Dog for Follow Up Friday Blog Hop and wind up my week by answering your questions.
First Sue Kottwitz asks if I’m not always off on some adventure.
Sometimes adventure comes to me…
Molly the Wally mentioned she’s never seen a cottonwood tree before…if you missed Stranger than Strange…
Is it snowing?
No, it’s cotton on water.
Sophie wanted to know if this was a first…the mallards and geese sharing the grassy areas…
While the various grass eaters tend to eat in the same areas and seemingly ignore each other, for the most part the two are segregated.
We frequently see ducks and geese grazing in or swimming in the same areas. However, we also see the fisherman, egrets and herons sharing the same wetland areas. The ducks and geese are eating the tender shoots in the shallow waters. The wading birds are eating the smaller tender young fish that are seen in schools in the same shallow waters where they can try to hide in the grasses.
Oh, and here is another banded bird that visited in early March.
Then, in the Monday Mischief post, I asked if y’all recognized this scene…
Below I am in the same area before the waters rise.
A while back I answered the question about this area. Feeding the lake are 3 major rivers originating on this side of the Eastern Continental Divide to the north and west. Where we are is a minor river that feeds into the same lake. The rivers were all damned. Despite the damn we can still get in our boat here and go to the inland waterway on the Atlantic Ocean.
We have been in severe drought for the last 5 years. This year the early summer rains have returned to their normal pattern. During normal years it is normal for the waters to flood this time of year, sometimes much earlier.
My Human lets me wade to cool off, but swimming is a no no now. I’m only allowed to wade where my Human can clearly see the bottom to be sure nothing is lurking. Neighbors called the other day to tell us that a 12 foot gator and a 9 foot gator had been laying around their pier on the sand. The DNR were alerted and will kill them when they are spotted. We have spread sulphur all around the edges of the water and around the house and gardens to keep snakes at bay.
I see an empty yard just before sun up and the birds aren’t working yet! Lazy birds! I’ve already been on my pre-dawn walk and the only birds stirring then were the herons with their hoarse croaking call. At sun up when I go out for my second walk the world will be alive with bird songs.
Oz asked if I enjoy the way the landscape changes as the seasons change.
Oh yes Oz…the seasons are part of the spice of life…my favorites are spring and fall…the two most colorful times!
Now I must be off!
Y’all come back now!