There was fog when I woke up this morning, but the power of the sun with no clouds in the sky soon burned it off. Hot dog! I hung out a load of laundry, and then got ready to greet my morning visitors.
Bridget and John of Travels of John and Bridget….and Fred, finished their camp host volunteer assignment in North Dakota and stopped by for a visit while spending some time in Detroit Lakes. What a beautiful morning we had for a tour of the refuge.
My friend, the young bald eagle, was perched as if on cue by the Chippewa Picnic Area. I parked the refuge truck, and we were able to walk right under its favorite perch without it spooking off. It only screamed at us a few times. We even witnessed a small kettle of northern harriers catching a thermal to spiral up over the Otter Tail River so they could attain altitude to continue their migration south.
It was a stellar morning to be out and about. We could hear the far off guns of the waterfowl hunters, but we stayed in areas that were closed to hunting. The trees are just beginning to turn their fall colors, the Chippewa rice harvest is over, and it just felt good to enjoy the scenes without overcast skies and sprinkles.
I was hoping to see the brilliant reds and oranges of fall leaves before I headed south, but I’m not sure that will happen in the next several days. I’m scheduled to pull out on Thursday, but tonight I’m a little nervous about my refrigerator. Even though the freezer says it’s –2*, it doesn’t seem that cold to me, and I’ve suddenly been having trouble with the ice maker. It’s reminding me of the troubles I had in 2011.
During out tour, I spotted this caterpillar. Isn’t this the one that predicts how long the winter is going to be? I think the size and place of the brown is supposed to tell the length and severity of the winter, but I just can’t remember. Can anybody help me with this?
I did want to announce that there was a winner to last night’s little bird identification contest. While three people came close to identifying the ten species, one person got them all correct. That person is Brigitta! She got all ten species correct by guessing white-throated sparrow, ruffed grouse, black-billed cuckoo, brown thrasher, indigo bunting, rose-breasted grosbeak, golden-winged warbler, woodcock, veery, and mourning warbler. I think Brigitta writes a wonderful blog, but viewing it is by invitation only. I’ll be getting in contact with her about the little prize.
Tomorrow, I’ll be checking to see how my freezer is doing, and continuing to get ready for departure. I sure did have a nice visit with John and Bridget, and they are thinking about volunteering here at Tamarac next summer. Perhaps we’ll meet again?
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy