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Posted by WiseAcre on Mar 27th, 2012

Waterfowl

2012
Mar 27

Winter’s silence was shattered by returning geese. A cacophony of honking coming from the river can be heard a mile away. Hundreds of Canadian Geese lend their voices to the clamor and it only gets more raucous when disturbed. Most took flight after I arrived but a couple stood their ‘ground’ on the far side of the river.

How to whitewash a rock using Canadian Geese
geese on a river rock

I spotted a pair of wood ducks perched in a tree but they took flight before I could get a photo. On the way home I managed to get a photo of a male in the swamp. Two pairs managed to swim into heavy brush before I could get more than one quick shot off. Do ducks swim or float?

The weight of a Witch equals that of a Wood Duck
male wood duck

Water Foul
Stewy claims the bird bath. It seems to make a nice cozy cat sunning stone.

Screwy Stewy
cat in the boulder bird bath

The boulder is a work in progress. Another session with a rotary hammer drill should finish the basin. This rock is almost more than I can chew. It is much harder than I expected.

8 Responses

  1. Miss M Says:

    Here, no sign of them yet. They usually fly over in early May. I wonder if the recent weather patterns will precipitate their arrival.

  2. Marguerite Says:

    But how do you know she’s a witch? why, she turned me into a newt! Gosh I haven’t watched that in ages but it never gets old.

    Well, I got better.

  3. Beverly Saeton Says:

    So glad to see a new photo of Stewy! I now have a Stewy of my own–James, formerly Huge, who finally joined our cat herd this winter almost a year after his people moved out and left him in his barn home with a caretaker (true). But he was not the sole care of the lucky contractor–there is another cat and some ducks and a goose.

  4. Becky Says:

    Ducks float! It’s their body fat that does the trick along with those nice oiled feathers. They have that in common with Mae West. It’s easy for them to paddle around. Dipping down to eat off the bottom takes a bit more effort because they have to paddle hard to do that. I can see you rock holds Stewy, doe it hold water? Most of the rocks here have to be coated with epoxy or the water drains away.

    – Does Mae West weigh the same as a duck? I must admit, she turned me into a newt more than once.

    The boulder holds water. It looks like some kind of crystallized mineral (mixed) vein you find in granite rock. It’s extremely hard and heavy.

  5. cindee Says:

    Great pictures! Kitty looks very happy in the rock(-:

  6. sharkbytes Says:

    Stewy knows you are making that space for him. Just a little longer please.

  7. Curbstone Valley Farm Says:

    I wish I only weighed as much as a wood duck 😉 My goats would love Stewy’s cat-sunning stone. I wish you lived closer, I’d have you make one for us!

  8. Ellen Says:

    I thought I had your email address, but I don’t, so this was the fastest way I could think of to answer your kind offer. (Please feel free to delete.) I’d love to meet you and score some ramps in the process, but we’re heading to New Hampshire tomorrow and won’t be back until the 23rd.

    Thanks for offering, and thanks for your kind words about Sisko.

    LN

    P.S. Driving in the city is insane. I do it, but only under protest.

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