The banded goose and other talesPosted: February 22, 2013
Do you remember the banded goose? (That link takes you to a photo. If you want to see the original posts regarding the banded goose, they are here, here, and here.) In case you don’t remember or you’re new here, and you don’t feel like following the links, the basic story is this: A goose with a band around its neck visited the pond back in January, and I reported the goose to the Bird Banding Laboratory to help with their research as well as to see if I could get any information about the goose.
I have not seen the banded goose around the pond lately, but I did finally hear back from the Bird Banding Laboratory (beyond the original acknowledgement of the report).
They sent me a nice little certificate of appreciation that includes information about the goose such as its sex, where and when it was hatched, and where it was banded.
(I manipulated it a bit to leave out some of my identifying information.) It’s fascinating, or at least I think so. That goose has done a fair bit of traveling. Nunavut, Canada is part of (most of) the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Akimiski Island in James Bay is about 19 km from the province of Ontario. It’s farther north than M and I traveled when we visited the Canadian Maritimes. Much farther north. If interested, you can visit Nunavut Tourism for more information about the area, and check this out to learn more about Akimiski Island. Akimiski Island is not only a critical stopover for birds of all kinds, but it is also a maternity denning area for polar bears.
After looking around the Nunavut Tourism website, I’ve added it to my places to visit someday. It looks like a beautiful and intriguing area to explore.
We had a wintry mix of rain and ice and freezing rain this morning. It eventually changed over to rain. We didn’t get any of the snow that hit other parts of the Midwest.
My walk around the pond this morning was crunchy and cold. I still managed to find hints of spring. It was most apparent in the songs of the birds. They’re becoming more vocal and the songs seem to have changed over the past week or two.
I even heard a robin singing, although I didn’t see it. Robins are not really harbingers of spring around here because some do not migrate for the winter months. Instead, they roost in the forests in huge flocks where we don’t see them as often as when they’re out and about, pulling worms up from the lawn. The return of the red-winged blackbirds will be a true herald of spring for us. I haven’t heard or seen any yet. Last year I wrote about their return on February 23rd. I’ll have to go out and have a good listen for them tomorrow.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for dropping by and joining me on a short ramble. The weekend is looking not too bad in terms of weather. It will be above freezing and we should see some sunshine. That will be a treat. It’s been pretty cloudy around here lately.
Have a delightful day, evening, night… whenever and wherever you are on the spectrum of time. And have a great weekend, too! I’ll be back on Monday (unless something I absolutely must share with you comes along in the meantime).
Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.