Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Birds

I mentioned birds. Let me elaborate a bit.

Today I saw, among other things, several examples of both Golden (juvenile and adult) and Bald eagles. I saw numerous lesser raptors I was unable to identify. 



I saw numerous flocks of pheasants and grouse, both on the ground and in flight; and a cloud of Canada Geese which behaved exactly as the cloud of starlings we see back east—morphing and shifting and forming and reforming, coalescing and diffusing and moving like a swarm of gnats.

The simple density of wildfowl in this region is unlike anything I have ever seen in the east, and in particular the flock of geese may have been the largest mass of living things I have ever seen in the air. It was breathtaking.

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