Unwelcome House Guest

Unwelcome House Guest

Mar 25, 2020

The giant Canada goose is the first waterfowl to begin nesting each spring; and at least a few females are already sitting on eggs.  One of those early nests is located atop a muskrat lodge at Lekwa Marsh on Clear Lake’s south shore. While I was photographing the nest on March 24, the incubating goose received an unusual visitor when a large...

Spring Snow Geese

Spring Snow Geese

Mar 12, 2020

The annual migration of northbound snow geese is one of creation’s most awe-inspiring events.  Moving toward ancestral breeding grounds in arctic Canada, snow goose flocks are currently winging their way across Iowa.  Pushing the edge of a retreating winter, peak migrations usually occur around early to mid-March.  But spring weather may...

Until Leap Year Makes It 29

Until Leap Year Makes It 29

Mar 11, 2020

My kitchen calendar was offering the latest proof positive that time really does fly.  Even with Leap Year’s added day, the 29th of February had suddenly arrived.  Tempus fugit for sure!  I doubt that many will mourn the month’s passing.  For a lot of folks, the end of February marks the end of winter — or at least hope for the...

Traveling With Eagles

Traveling With Eagles

Mar 6, 2020

With a significant snow melt currently underway, this year’s spring migration is pushing northward.  Canada geese, a handful of white-fronts, and bald eagles are the most noticeable vanguards of things to come.  While driving up the highway toward my home at Clear Lake, I spotted a distant eagle traveling in the same northbound direction. ...