Kip’s Comments 3-20-20

Red-tailed Hawk - Image 615467 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Maybe More Tomorrow

Due to the demands of my regular job, time outdoors in nature has been greatly reduced. Today my only exposure to the outdoors was through glass barriers called a windshield and side windows as I checked river levels. Even though the country is in a partial shut-down mode, those of us in public safety still have to be mindful of flooding and other natural events. Those concerns require us to monitor visually. Fortunately we know the “problem” areas to minimize the need for excess travel.

Following yesterday’s rains, our watersheds all came up considerably overnight. As expected, we do have lowland flooding, but nothing that should pose a threat to property or lives. We are seeing typical flooding following a good soaking. Assuming no more rain for a while and continued windy conditions, levels should recede soon.   

Wildlife seen today included a dozen or so snow geese feeding in corn stubble with greater white-fronted geese, a hen and drake mallard claiming flooded timber for possible nesting, and a red-tailed hawk watching the world go by.

Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese in Corn Stubble - Image 615477 (© Kip Ladage)

Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese in Corn Stubble – Image 615477 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Drake and Hen Mallard in Flood Water - Image 615448 (© Kip Ladage)

Drake and Hen Mallard in Flood Water – Image 615448 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-tailed Hawk - Image 615467 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-tailed Hawk – Image 615467 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Maybe tomorrow I will have more time for the outdoors and all that it offers.

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