Thursday, February 07, 2019

Quack, Quack

The magnetic poles are changing and maybe even flipping. That iron core is stretching and tilting. This is already affecting the technologies that humankind has created and is using.  The geologists say the last time the poles flipped was 750,00 years ago and they did not see any effect on life at that time from the review of fossils.  They actually wrote/said that!  750,000 years ago?   The earth is millions of years old.  What life was on the planet 750,000 years ago?  Did algal cells migrate at that time and reveal no change to their homeland?

Is this going to affect the migration of our water birds and skew their biological maps? It seems as if the powers that be are taking an index finger and swirling time and space and creating chaos putting humankind on edge and perhaps swirling all of earth's kind into some tumultuous trip?

Today the geese (visitors to my home) did their regular march down the river in the early morning. They march in lines like good soldiers and usually remain quiet unless they see a fox...or me.  Then there is much arguing about what to do and where to go, swim to the far side or burst into the air?

The Canvasbacks came in later and also stuck to the middle of the river. They seemed more relaxed sometimes pruning themselves as they paddled upstream.

These photos are oversharpened because they were most wary of my presence on the dock and far away.  The Canvasbacks have a shovel of a bill.  They are a diving duck eating algae and crustaceans. 

Then came the Buffleheads paddling in from the opposite direction. They gave no ground.  I was happy to see a male and a female.  The Bufflehead’s breeding range is limited by the distribution of Northern Flickers, which are their main source of nesting cavities.   They eat bugs, crustaceans, plant matter and even clams and snails in winter.

The male almost left the female behind in his bluster to move around the larger Canvasbacks.  The Canvasbacks seemed a bit impressed with his fancy dress which is his mating colors.  I am looking forward to data on their migration patterns in the years ahead.  Of course, it will all become even more complicated as Climate Warming moves or erases their normal breeding areas.


  1. Lucky you to be able to watch the water parade outside your door,

  2. I'm wondering where people will move to as well.

  3. Years ago we saw canvasbacks on my mom's creek a lot and then they became rather rare. Glad to see they still come around.

  4. Sometimes it's better to just watch the ducks and not think too far ahead when what is to happen is out of our control.

  5. No matter what, though, life adapts.

  6. Beautiful photos. I think they quack...Get out your watercolors, Tabor
    The magnetic polar change....The media becomes obsessed with how celebrities and politicians feel they have been affected. All sorts of headlines dance around the machines off due to, what not to eat due to, sharks migrating due to, good mental health on the rise due to, more people eating well due to, cable fees decrease due to.

    1. Except scientists say not much will change...but I wonder about the magnetic pull that migratory birds follow.

  7. You've watched these visitors many times and have a good idea of how they behave. Yes, one really wonders what changes climate change will bring to these friends.

  8. the whole planet is in flux thanks to humans. stuff will survive or it won't. so much has already been lost. another half a million years from now the planet may be unrecognizable with a whole new biosphere and inhabitants.

  9. Here the water has risen 2 feet, and the sand is vanishing once again. The shore birds regular feeding areas are now under water.

  10. geese look wonderful ...thank you for sharing behaviors info of your guests
    have a great day


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