Blogs just don’t happen.

I have found if I’m a bit under the weather for any reason, it’s generally medical, it’s best to not write the blogs. I’ve found the dreariness of an illness projects itself into what I am writing; I’m best to avoid it. I do not hesitate to step away for a day or perhaps two, it happened Monday. It wasn’t a big deal just an arthritic flair-up, a good nights sleep was in order.

I missed Tuesday’s blog as well under different circumstances, some poor soul hit a power pole knocking it into the next county. I heard through the Coconut Telegraph there were no injuries, I hope that holds true. I managed to take a few pictures preparing for Tuesday’s to no avail.

However lately it’s been all Turkey Vultures and I’ve been writing about them a bit too often. It’s not that there is not a lot to write about as they are interesting dynamic birds but variety is the spice of life. I decided to post a few images of Canadians running on the water taken earlier this spring. I managed to take a series of photos as their flew overhead Monday afternoon. They weren’t terribly bad but being out of range it resulted in another lesson learned. There are times I expect my camera to reach out a smitten too far which I did this time.

At times the Geese are full of spice and vinegar as they were during this period that lasted for a few weeks. It was mating season, the Ganders were in competition for mates. Well at least the young ones and those whose companions did not make it through the migration. It’s quite common for one of the pair to meet their demise on the the sometimes thousand mile grueling flight. Those in our slough reportedly are from the Canadian Yukon making it a flight of more than 1,000 miles.

They have a curious ability to detect when a storm or other climatic event is about to happen. Often migrating birds will hold out and weather the storm for how ever long it takes. But if they detect a major storm is on it’s way they will (not just the Canadians) evacuate the winter environment and fly all of the way back to their Summer habitat. Then when the event comes to an end they will fly all the way back to the winter breeding grounds. How do they know?

They follow the same pattern if a devastating disease infects the breeding areas. Except in that case they will abandon the area until there are no longer threats of illness. That may easily take 5 years or longer for them to return.

Jacques Lebec Natural Self Reliance

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