Displaced Wildlife, In-Place Wildlife
Today’s post describes observations made today of two types of wildlife. First we will study two flood-displaced wildlife species I encountered.
Species #1 is a common wildlife species, a mammal, that I have not photographed alive before. I don’t remember ever seeing one alive in the wild, until today. As I drove along a large expanse of flood water, this shrew (possibly a short-tailed shrew) was running back and forth along the edge of the road, sniffing in the cover along the road. I do not know what happened to the shrew. Perhaps it found safety or maybe it fed a hungry bird. Regardless, watching and photographing it was interesting.
Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water:
Species #2 is much more often seen, even by those not looking for wildlife. Four wild turkeys were pushed to a gravel road by the fast-moving, high river water. All birds took flight as I approached on the road.
Wild Turkeys Displaced by Flood Water:
Species seen today that were where they were expected to be were a fox sparrow (first of the season) and hooded mergansers.
Finally, I may have found the source of much of the water flooding Iowa. Yes, we have melting snow, but take a look at all of the water coming out of this artesian well 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.