Randomness on Monday; Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, American Coots

Randomness on Monday

There are five random thoughts and five photos. The layout shows huge gaps between them that were not apparent in the editor as created. Please scroll all the way down the page. Thanks!

1. It’s amazing how quickly Christmas comes and goes. Now it’s time to move on–two of our grandchildren have birthdays this week! I wish we could beam ourselves up to their house and back home at will. 

2. I overheard our grandson’s request for roller blades as his mom helped him don roller skates that were becoming too small. I made a mental note and thought I had the perfect birthday present. However, he got a new scooter for Christmas, and promptly fractured the upper tibia plate where his “leg bone connects to his knee bone.” An MRI is scheduled this week–and roller blades are off the list!

3. We had nice weather this weekend, and drove out to MacKay Island Wildlife Refuge. It is closed on Sundays, but there’s an observation deck where one can observe migrating birds. It’s a popular place for Snow Geese and Tundra Swans. 

Tundra Swans

Tundra Swans

Snow Geese

Snow Geese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. I cropped this shot tightly to show the black feather detail on the wing tips of the Snow Geese.

Snow Geese

Snow Geese

 

 

Snow Geese

Snow Geese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, there are quite a few of them!

5. Looking east, American Coots bobbed on the water (along with a few ducks).

American Coots, etc.

American Coots, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for me this rainy, random Monday. What’s on your calendar for this week?

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34 thoughts on “Randomness on Monday; Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, American Coots

    • We don’t get to see the birds do a whole lot, but the vast number of them is awe-inspiring. Thanks, he’s figuring out ways to do what he needs to do, how to scoot up and down the stairs with his good leg, etc. His mom (jokingly) said they have to work on his trash/recycling gig.

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    • Sounds like a good week ahead, Pix. They couldn’t tell much about the fracture, only that it showed up on the X-ray. They were able to get an earlier MRI appointment. Originally, it was scheduled for the 5th; now it will be done Tuesday morning.

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  1. Your photos are always beautiful. I trust your grandson will be fixed up in no time. We are having friends over to play pool and just hang out together on Wednesday. Later in the evening we will see in the New Year with more of our friends. Blessings to you, Patti…

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  2. I hadn’t heard of MacKay before, so thanks for the recommendation and link. I enjoyed the pictures – you sure had a good day when you were there. Sorry to hear about your grandson, but kids do stuff like that. I bet you have some good stories from your own kids – I know I do (and will use them for future blackmail too).

    Nancy

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    • Usually, we aren’t there when the kids get hurt, so that was different. We just have the one daughter, and we share some of her fun experiences with the kids–we all get a good laugh. Hmmm Blackmail… LOL You think of everything, Nancy.

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      • I couldn’t believe my husband telling my son-in-law that the reason our daughter was so perfect was because we practiced so much before we made her! My son-in-law repeated it to her and did she ever turn red. Way too much information for her. Those are the family stories that we can all laugh about for years.

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  3. Hope your grandson heals quickly! Poor kid!
    So cool to see such large flocks of the birds! We saw Snow Geese a few years back down along the Ohio River, right around this time of year. I’ll have to do some checking online and see if they’re still there or have moved on. with their migration.

    Lindy

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  4. beautiful images. we see the lesser snow geese here too, after their migration and just before they head off again a few months from now. such an amazing annual event.
     
    sorry to hear about your grandson. may he recover sooooon!

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  5. The swans and geese are just beautiful! I would love to see swans here…apparently a flock is spotted on occasion. Happy New Year, I hope your grandson heals quickly,

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