|Large Broods of Goslings|
As always, the journey is as enjoyable as our destination. As usual, we turn on old time country music and drive along observing whatever we see. The farmer's crops are already perking up with this first rain after planting. The grass seems greener and the trees fresher. A pleasant, fresh cleanliness wafts over the landscape as we pause to watch several families of Canada Geese munching away on bugs and freshly sprouted wheat. These are very large families that are about a month ahead of a normal year. Alberta has enjoyed a very mild winter and very early spring so many bird crops are taking advantage of their time.
|Male Ruddy Duck|
In a small pond across the highway are several Ruddy Ducks, Blue-winged Teal and Greater Scaup. Out in the middle, on a pair of islands, are scores of Herring Gulls, several nesting. We watch as One of them flies into the field next to us and gathers a beak full of dried stubble and mud with which to build a nest.
|Can you imagine the sounds, the rumble, the cries and grunts as bison rush to their death off this cliff? Can you envision the thrill of the hunt and the people's joy with the bounty? Hear the thankful drums.|
Dry island itself is actually, just that, a dry island. It is a plateau that was surrounded and isolated from the rest of the surrounding prairie that has never been grazed by domestic animals or cultivated.It contains a very pure example of the grasslands that existed here before the European farmers plowed any accessible prairie lands under.
|Dry Island in the Distance.|
|Mountain Bluebird Roost as he watches over his nearby nest|
We finally made it to brother Jim's for supper and called it a day.In the morning we awoke to a typical spring snow storm with huge flakes that weigh down fresh spring foliage and branches. His new little puppy, Grizz, wandered around curious about the flakes.
|Cows Seeking Shelter During Spring Snowstorm|