World Migratory Bird Day
Today is World Migratory Bird Day, so it's the perfect time to share some photos of some migratory birds I saw on a walk to the park this past week.
First, a bit about WMBD.
It's "... an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats."
There are several events happening in my state, although none in my area, and all virtual out of necessity due to COVID-19 precautions.
This flock of Canada geese was grazing on the lawn in the park. Canada geese particularly love the new sprouting grass after a lawn is mowed! That's why it's common to see them on golf courses.
I didn't try to get very close to them, as I had Mickey with me, and didn't want to scare them away with a dog. Actually, it was Mickey who was a bit scared of them! "What are those? They are HUGE!"
Canada Geese are migratory birds, and protected under the Migratory Bird Protection Act (first entered into with the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Russia in 1918, and since amended). Some Canada geese travel thousands of miles annually from their summer breeding grounds to where they winter. Others migrate very little, and have become accustomed to remaining in suburban areas with mild winters. There are provisions in the law allowing landowners or governmental agencies to file permits to destroy nests if there is a problem. Otherwise, these are protected birds.
We had a cute little flock of mothers and babies last spring that unfortunately decided the big puddle (formed from sprinklers watering the lawn near the road at the mill) was a perfect place to bring their families daily. They babies would squeeze through the chainlink fence, and they'd spend the day waddling the grass and dipping in the puddle. Sadly, a few ventured too far into the road, were hit and killed. I hope they found a new place to raise their babies this year.
A couple flew over this morning. Mickey looked up and watched them until they were out of sight!