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Re: Birding trip

Every so often, I see flocks of snow geese in migration very high in  
the sky. Two years ago, for an exciting 3 days, we had a blue morph  
snow goose resting at our pond. In our neck of the woods, the big  
sight is the bald eagles in winter at the lock and dam on the  
Mississippi. Saw 70+ one day. Wild rice with water chestnuts sounds  
good. Might you share the recipe? Bracing ourselves for a real winter  
storm here - 1 inch of rain so far, and the temperature is dropping.  
Looks like significant ice before morning (not to mention snow on top  
of it!). At least the last of my fall spinach and lettuce are  
harvested.... Back to Christmas tree decorating!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Nov 29, 2006, at 5:13 AM, Gene Bush wrote:

> Hello Auralie,
>    I sure wish I could have been there to experience your  
> sightings...... I have watched all those on TV at one time or  
> another.. especially nice now that we have HD, but nothing like the  
> real live being there I am sure. I have a thing about the Loons....  
> those fascinate me no end. Coloration, eyes, their calls.... To me  
> there are like a train whistle in the night... their call is so  
> forlorn.
>    Dinner sounds nice as well... I could go for Crab over turkey.  
> Everyone here has to go for the traditional or some version  
> thereof..... I fixed wild rice with water chestnuts this year to  
> take to the dinner and only one other person ate any. Wasn't stuffing.
>    Glad you had a great trip.
>    Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
> ----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> Subject: [CHAT] Birding trip
>> We're back from out semi-annual trip to Bombay Hook NWR, Delaware,
>> and Chincoteague, Va.  What a great trip!  The snow geese at both  
>> places
>> were more numerous than ever. If you don't know snow geese, please  
>> try
>> to find some.  The snow-goose congregation is just about the most  
>> exciting
>> natural phenomenon I can imagine.  In both places there were  
>> literally
>> thousands of birds.  The sound is amazing - sort of a high-pitched  
>> roar.
>> Groups of birds take off, circle around, and settle back down -  
>> how do they
>> ever manage not to sit down on another goose.  They are so close- 
>> packed
>> but they never seem to have a problem. Also at Bombay Hook, there was
>> an enormous number of ducks .  The snow geese congregated in one area
>> and the ducks in another - real segregation.  We didn't see as  
>> many different
>> species as some years, but the numbers of Mallards, PIn-Tails and  
>> Shovelers
>> was enornous.  Lots of Coots, too.
>> But one of the thrills at Chincoteague was the two bald eagles we  
>> saw on
>> Sunday morning, and the two immature Black-Crowned Night Herons.
>> To keep this horticultural  - On Thanksgiving weekend the 14-mile  
>> service
>> road on Assateague Island is open from noon to 3:00 PM.  We always  
>> plan
>> to take this drive, but this year it was closed on Thanksgiving  
>> Day because
>> of the Nor'Easter that had come through.  However, for years I  
>> have been
>> noticing and commenting on the fact that pines (Loblolly) and  
>> Bayberry are
>> the dominant species on the lower part of the island, but as you move
>> northward, Junipers begin to appear, and by the north end of the  
>> drive, there
>> are more Junipers than pines.  I think I have mentioned in past  
>> years the
>> fact that some years ago there was a plague of pine-bark beetles that
>> devasted some of the lower part of the island.  The administration  
>> made
>> a big deal out of planting a variety of trees and putting up many  
>> signs that
>> explained that the problem was a result of the "uniculture" of  
>> pines, and that
>> the planting of diverse  trees would correct the problem.  Of  
>> course, now it
>> is not possible to find any of the many diverse trees that had  
>> been planted,
>> but the pine forest has restored itself quite beautifully, with  
>> the seedling
>> trees not about 15-18 feet high and growing up to 18 inches a year.
>> Instead of turkey, we feasted on Crab Imperial.  Not good for our
>> waistlines, but once a year...
>> Auralie
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