On Friday, a coworker told me about a place called Middle Creek Wildlife Area in Lancaster County. I don't quite understand how this works year after year, but it's a known "pit stop" for migratory birds. Now migratory birds are interesting. How do they know where to go? When do they decide to stop for a break? Why do they all fly together?
So, how did it go to go bird watching with a 4 year old and a baby? I think that bird watching requires a little too much patience for us at this time. You stand and you watch and then you stand and watch some more. For a 4 year old boy who is very used to "watching something" on tv, this was not exactly high flying excitement. That is, until we arrived at the meadow where the birds were sitting for the day.
55,000 snow geese in one place is a lot of geese! Mostly they were just sitting, but some were honking and some were flying. We tried to visualize what it would be like when they all took off to fly at one time. I had noticed that there was a goose fight on the other side of the road and J kept telling me which geese were having a fight. He wasn't correct, but once he started to use his imagination, the day got much better. Of course at that point, we were sitting in our warm car and watching the geese out the window!
My migratory bird questions are still unanswered and will probably remain unanswered but I'm happy for the adventure a flock of geese to remember.
|This picture was probably about 20% of the field. It was a lot of geese!|