even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious,
awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
~ Henry Miller ~
Communing with nature is such a part of me. I never tire of it in much the same way I never tire of seeing a sunrise or sunset. It's just one of those things that has no expiration date or a "done that, been there" sort of feeling.
No matter how many times I see birds and wildlife, it makes me feel excited like the way I used to feel when I was a little kid. It's as close to feeling something magical that I get to experience every single day. And I don't have to spend a dime! How sweet is that?! I love that something that is so fun and so soul feeding doesn't empty my pocket book.
I spotted these baby geese this afternoon; 11 babies in all. Mom and dad stayed close along with a relative. (I'm guessing it was an aunt or uncle or maybe just a close family friend.) It's my first time seeing wild baby geese! I was with them for about an hour. No people were around for the first 45 minutes. They all swam close to the shore line and came onto land twice.
One independent baby swam away from his family and chose his own path toward shore where I was calling out to him. He landed all by himself and then his ten siblings along with mom and dad came after him. I could barely contain my excitement at seeing all the babies waddle on to the shore.
"If the baby goose is still all covered with soft down, it is under 2 weeks old. If you can feel prickly little feathers, it is between 2 and 4 weeks; if you can see some feathers it is over 4 weeks, and fully feathered, it is grown." source: http://www.thegoosesmother.com/id27.html
I feel so lucky to have seen them. As I was heading back to my car I thought about how the world would be a more peaceful place if more people experienced nature more often and gained a compassionate connection to the land and life. I was filled with the wonder that seeing a baby anything makes me feel.
I believe with every fiber in my being that honoring and appreciating nature is an important ingredient in the recipe that could one day bring peace. It undeniably gives me inner peace.
- In response to predators, the American Avocet sometimes issues a series of call notes that gradually changes pitch, simulating the Doppler effect and thus making its approach seem faster than it actually is.
- Nesting American Avocets aggressively attack predators, sometimes physically striking Northern Harriers or Common Ravens.
- A female American Avocet may lay one to four eggs in the nest of another female, who then incubates the eggs. American Avocets may parasitize other species' nests too; single American Avocet eggs have been found in the nests of Mew Gulls. Other species may also parasitize avocet nests. Avocets have incubated mixed clutches of their own eggs and those of Common Terns or Black-necked Stilts. The avocets reared the stilt hatchlings as if they were their own.
- American Avocet chicks leave the nest within 24 hours after hatching. Day-old avocets can walk, swim, and even dive to escape predators. SOURCE: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Avocet/lifehistory
in which you can walk with love and reverence."
Henry David Thoreau
sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
Hans Christian Andersen
by Betsy Seeton