Sunset At Squaw Creek
One evening last week after work, Harland and I paid a visit to the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, and hour or so from our place.
We drove around the marshy pools there and saw thousands of snow geese taking a break from their northward trek to Canada for the breeding season:
We also saw some deer:
Love their fluffy white tails.
And we finally watched the sunset over the pools. Thousands of snow geese serenaded the sun as it slipped away…
Isn’t if funny how fast the sun seems to move at sunset?
For more information about Squaw Creek, you can click HERE for their website.
GRASS TETANY COW UPDATE: Saturday I shared with you the story of our sick cow and the mystery of what was wrong with her. Since then, she has gotten a lot better, so much so that she’s been trying to escape out of her pen to get back to the herd. Harland cut her and Panda loose yesterday morning back into the pasture. Thanks for all your good wishes on this one! Love happy endings!
I’ve been hearing and seeing lots of geese here this week, now that it’s warming up. They’re headed north in huge flocks! I learned something interesting from our Amish neighbor…the geese have been quite a nuisance here, picking at the young rye and corn as it peeks through the ground, (not yet this year, but in general!) causing crop damage. We aren’t allowed to do anything but try to scare them away. Our Amish neighbor was saying that the snow geese are worse than the other wild geese, because they pull the new growth out by the roots, and the other geese just peck off the tops. Do you ever have trouble like this once your crops are in the ground?
For us, they are gone north by the time the wheat is coming back (we plant the wheat in the fall), but I’ve heard that about snow geese. They’ve seen a surge in numbers in the last 10 years or so and there are many many more of them around than there were when I was a kid. Didn’t see any of them back then.
I couldn’t figure out how I missed the post about your sick cow. Then I remembered: things were a little chaotic around here this weekend, and I probably just didn’t read it. I’m glad both mama and baby are doing better, if not perfectly fine. Being back with the herd will surely help!
Your photos of the geese are wonderful. The last of our birds to head north will be the coots. They’re gathering now, and one day soon, they’ll just be gone. On the other hand, I’m hearing red-winged blackbirds again — another sign of spring.
Great job on the pictures and video! I’m happy to hear that Panda and her mom are doing well, and out in the field with the rest of the herd!
I had never heard that, about the geese being so destructive to the crops! Sad for the farmers!
Looking forward to another of your delightful entries!
Lovely, Suzanne. You take us places we can only dream of going…..
So Glad you enjoyed this! Thanks!