Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wildlife report....

Night before last I made a run through the strip pits....I went through the first time kind of early...right around 3:30. Right after entering the area, there is a strip pit...and it was covered with geese. They were walking on water ice....and sitting on ice as if they were sitting on water. I could not help but think how cold that would be!
I paused and took a few pictures, and continued on through...I seen one single Northern Harrier, and not any other life of any kind. No birds flying, no ring-necked pheasants, no deer.

I decided to head on over into Illinois...originally thinking I would go to Paris, Illinois to take a few pictures in town just to have something different to post. However, I took off through the country to see if the geese were feeding in any of the fields. Other than one right there close to the strip pit, I just seen a few others too far away to photograph.

And did not see anything else in the wildlife department to photograph while out. So, I headed back home, and finally had three deer run across the road in front of me. This led me to run back through the strip pits on my way home.
This time there were red-winged blackbirds...so at least they are moving back through. There wasn't a lot of them, but sure more than when I had passed through earlier. So, I went on, trying to keep an eye out for pheasants....no luck. Looked for short-eared owls...no luck there either.

I finally spotted a herd of deer on a far hill...at least 8, maybe more. Too far to count. After seeing them, I finally spot a single, solitary male pheasant, and next were three Northern Harriers. Not a lot to see compared to other times, yet it was good to see what I did see.

After I left the strip pits, the first thing I saw was another herd of deer. I guess you would say herd. Just on down the road a mile or so from the red barn...four deer ran across the road and I could see 4 more deer waiting in the weed patch....I slowed down and was going to try to take a photo but a dog on down the way started barking at a truck that was coming from the other direction...so they ran back the other way.

So, I continue on my way home...by then there is a vehicle behind me. Soon as I could, I pull to the side of the road till they can pass me. I want to go slow. I am out to this farm field by then...there are 6 deer out in that field, plus two turkeys. So, I am thinking well, that is probably the end of what I will see...

But I continue on...just creeping along. I thought just maybe I might see a heron at this little creek I had yet to pass...but before I got there there is this woodsy/weedy patch and in there are more deer! I counted at least 6, two of them are in the photo above....but it was getting really late and I have a feeling I missed some. They blended in so well with their background it was hard to spot them.

So all in all it was a good evening...

10 comments:

Gill - That British Woman said...

so that's where all the Canada Geese are. They haven't headed back home yet I see.

Gill in Canada

Judy said...

I haven't seen too many Canada geese around here, tho in Illinois we saw them all the time being by the lake. There really isn't any water around here other than rivers.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Rose, Sounds like you had a great ride.. When we are out taking a ride, we also like to drive SLOWLY--so that we can stop when we want to... We continually have to pull over to let people go by us...

Love the pictures of the geese on the ice. Brrrrr--don't you know that their little footsies are cold!!!!! ha

Great deer pictures also.
Hugs,
Betsy

don said...

What a good drive! You saw such a nice variety of wild life... and you got some good shots too.

Naquillity said...

Hello Rose~ love your pictures. i got to enjoy watching 300 hundred geese in a corn field this winter. that was the most i'd seen in one place before. i'd say this strip pit is a place where you could see a lot of geese too from the looks of it, :) it's always a great feeling to be stirring in nature, isn't it? hope all is well.

we've had springlike temperatures here too. i've been able to open the door and let the breeze blow inside lately. wonderful feeling. have a great day.

A piece of news said...

You live in a wonderful place, do you know that? :)

George said...

I would have to say that you had a very successful excursion into the strip pits. I'm glad the geese didn't seem to be bothered by the cold.

Montanagirl said...

Well, that was a productive drive! Really like that Deer Photo at the end. The Geese photo are nice. We should be seeing Honkers soon too.

Carletta said...

I'd say you had a rewarding drive!
I've seen geese in pairs here already. A couple flew past my window just yesterday.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Wow, what a lot of geese! It sounds like you had a good ride to see all that wildlife.

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