Rural Prairie Pothole #1 – The Gathering

All photos taken during our June 20, 2021 bicycle ride through our local rural areas.

The local rural landscape is littered with what are called Prairie Potholes, shallow depressions where spring runoff and rain water collect. Some remain wet all year long. Others shrink and disappear with the summer heat. All of them are filled with birdlife at this time of year. Bird watching has become one of our guilty pleasures during Covid and we feel it will continue for years to come.

Our first stop was more of a pond than a pothole and it was teeming with life – geese, blackbirds, ducks and even a Beaver. who knew? Now, given that there was no dam present, we assume it was a bank Beaver. No, he does not work in a Bank, he lives in a burrow created in a lake, pond or stream bank. There were at least two of them here and they were industriously going about their beaver business. Geese were out and about on large family outings, ducks swam listlessly about and the blackbirds were busy feeding their young and not all that visible.

20 minutes later, we pulled ourselves away and cycled on.

Things were happening down at Pothole #1.
Beaver is looking for a morning snack.
Beaver finds morning snack.
Beaver #2 comes along to join in.
Cleared to land on Runway 2-9er.
Did you see the short bill Mavis has? Something is just not quite right with her.
Geese are busy instructing their young in the ways of the world.
Yellow headed blackbird off to find more morsels for their young chicks.
Hey, this is a private tour. Ducks are not allowed.
Flight routes. A tern hovers looking for food.
Another tern takes a turn.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

17 thoughts on “Rural Prairie Pothole #1 – The Gathering

      1. Good to know! I thought you had to get up early to see beavers. I bet now is a good time to see them if they are building their dams

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  1. That’s so cool you caught shots of the beaver at work. Beavers are currently enjoying the apples that have fallen to the ground at S & D’s backyard. I’ve noticed the geese are starting to make their way south😞

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    1. It has been a long time since we spotted a bank beaver. They at least work during the day and it looks like their job was to find lunch. Yup, you can see the birds gathering and getting all their little ones ready for a long trip. Judging by the number of leaves falling off the trees and the number of berries, we might be in for an early winter. Thanks for reading Colleen. Allan

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