flocks in flux

We watched large flocks of snow geese today, swooping over wet fields.

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Just this morning, a friend in Florida said that she’s seeing flocks of robins eating over-ripe, fermenting holly berries and getting ‘drunk as lords.’ She calls them the ‘Crazy Robins’ and assured me they’ve flown through her neighborhood and are heading north to ours.

That notion brings such relief during a cold winter like this one.

I find myself wondering about the osprey. Where are they now? I google ‘osprey migration paths’ and admire the long swooping lines from one end of the earth to another. Venezuela!

I google ‘osprey migration miles per day’ and get 160 miles per day.

If they usually arrive here by March 17th, and say, average 150 miles per day….Siri tells me that’s 41 days out. She was game to find mileage from Annapolis to Caracas, but alas…

WhatEVER (says the english major.) It’s Feb. 4th. How ’bout we just say they’re probably still down there?

Sigh.

I’m happy to wait for warm days for crabs, summer for sweet corn and cold nights for bonfires. I’ll just wait till March 17th for the osprey. And enjoy the snow geese while they’re here.

~ by kbosin on February 4, 2014.

5 Responses to “flocks in flux”

  1. More bird tales from Florida: we are lucky enough to have at least 3 pairs of year round ospreys in our watery neighborhood. There are at least 2 storks pairs back from South America. And today I watched a Frigate Bird swooping in lazy circles on a lazy thermal breeze just before sunset. Nothing half so glorious as snow geese!

  2. I haven’t seen snow geese in so long can you tell us where to go to see them one of Kenny’s favorite stories was Snow Goose, Paul Gallico(published in 1940 in the Saturday Evening Post). I just learned there was also a movie made in 1970. sad, but wonderful wonderful story…

    For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love. — Carl Sagan

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  3. Patti, we see snow geese in the middle of Delmarva – on the fields from here to the Delaware shore, up to Cecil County. I’d guess, if one were to go tomorrow – or any other Wednesday in the next few weeks – to the auction at Crumpton (!) one might see some good fields and flocks of snow geese.

  4. Driving Eamon to his dentist appointment on Kent Island last week, I spot the swooping flock of snow geese at 309 and 404. I tell Eamon to look up and we enjoyed their white funnel cloud for a few moments. So wonderful. I explained that they come from farther North so their traveling to Maryland is like us going to Florida. Mark says their honks are higher than Canadian geese.
    Love Ya’ bird girl,
    Shalagh
    ps Mark will be awaiting the ospreys’ return too as always.

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