OK, here we are back in Duckdom, showing who invaded the ducks and where ducks are headed and why. The race is on…
Interspersed in the post is images out on the icy Niagara River.
While at the park on this day, I ran into a wildlife photographer photographing the songbirds at one of my feeding stations. I offered to bring in birds by hand feeding them while we talked.
I explained that I was at the park to photograph ducks, but I always bring seed along for my friends of the forest.
We talked about photography and also bird watching. He, like me, was not a “real” bird watcher in the sense of recording what we see other than by our camera. Where he lived, there was a very nice assortment of birds I don’t see very often.
The conversation led to the topic of being a bird watcher and I was telling him all that I have learned and how great they are at finding birds I never even heard of.
He then told me a story of running into a group of birdwatchers last summer on the beach. They all had their scopes pointed at a group of sandpipers and here he comes with his big camera. He moved in on the birds and the birdwatchers went berserk. It became a stand-off and he was not giving up a good photo-op.
Well, I then told him of the story how a pair of dog walkers came to our beach as we were birdwatching and how upset the birdwatchers became, and rightfully so as you read this story of the ducks in Duckdom.
All is not well in Duckdom. The calm, peaceful day became one of all out mayhem.
This is one of the little falls, a rock outcropping over which water flows. Now it is frozen. Ducks are often found here when the river is running through Greater Duckdom. But you can see they had to relocate to ice surrounded by water for safety from stray cats and dogs.
So where are the ducks going now and why?
They are off to Canada, ironic , no?
Duckdom got invaded by Canada Geese
idiot gentleman brought his dog, which was not even as big as a cat, to the park off leash and it proceeded to attack the resting geese.
Stupid geese, that little mutt could have been a snack, yet they were all scared off by the loud, annoying yapping. Fido was even dressed in a little red velvet coat with a faux mink fur collar. He did not look too intimidating to me.
Had I known what was going to transpire, I could have recorded the whole thing. I was on my way back to my Jeep when the man and his minute mutt passed me. Hearing the anxious honking and encouraging, “Get ‘em, get ‘em.”, I turned to see the tiny terror head into the flock.
All couple hundred of the geese hit the air at one time, headed for the safety of Duckdom. I ran back but was barely able to get there in time for the action. The ice was not big enough for all the waterfowl and the smaller ones had to evacuate, even many of the gulls. The little mutt went back to its owner tiny curled tail held high.
Truth be told, I don’t like Chihuahuas, even mixed ones. I was so mad about this because all the wildlife was settling down for the night. I must be becoming a birdwatcher since my only concern was the birds. Lucky the little mutt did not get washed away in the currents.
The geese being ousted from their peaceful home invaded Duckdom. Like a sky full of fighter pilots, the geese honking loudly like jet engines thundering, made a direct flight to Duckdom. The sun was setting, making the scene more ominous.
Only a few ducks remained after the army of geese landed. No duck was injured during the incursion, but they made a hasty exit.
And off to Canada the ducks went… probably seeking retribution on a whole nation.
So who won the race to Canada?
The lighter, faster Maxine Mallard of course….
Always something interesting in Birdland. Next post, Why Do Birds Cache ? – To Put Cache in the Bank for a Rainy Day. It is an interesting look at bird behavior and links to the science.
After that… a post to see something you probably never saw a robin do in winter. I did a double take at what bird I was seeing. Nature always amazes me.