Monday, December 15, 2008

Goose Weather

The weather here has broken much colder, it was -19 F here last night, and is finally sending waterfowl down into this region. This picture understates the population of this pond, as I was so late getting in to it that most of the over-nighters were already on their way out to feed. This area is just overrun with Canada geese in the Winter.

There was a steady stream of geese on their way out to look for lunch while I was there.


I visited this pond two or three days ago (without my camera, of course) and had seen several pairs of hooded mergansers. I was hoping to catch them today, but the non-goose crowd was down to a few coots and a pair of northern shovelers.

On my walk in to the pond, I got the evil-eye from this coyote. I apparently disrupted his plans to slink in through the cattails to go shopping.

6 comments:

Cat Urbigkit said...

I especially like the evil-eye guy.

mdmnm said...

Very nice photos- aren't those shovelers spectacular?

Finally some snow but (and this is ok) nowhere near so cold down south.

Isaac Nichols アイザック ニコルス said...

Looks like a pretty healthy coyote. I've seem some rather ragged ones around.

I have work off from Christmas Eve through Jan. 5th. Sometime during that break maybe we can get you out to do some hawking. I'll give you a call.

M.L. Miller said...

I'm hoping the cold weather here pushes some ducks to my area--it's been a dismal duck season so far.

I think the northern shoveler is one of the most impressive ducks.

NorCal Cazadora said...

LOVE that spoonie! Oh yeah, pretty goose photos too...

Reid Farmer said...

Thanks, guys.

Isaac, thank you so much - look forward to going in the field with you!