Last Sunday my friend and I journeyed up to the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, Missouri. Rumor had it that there were 600 some swans in the area. I know - we always hear about migrating eagles this time of year, but swans? Not so much. While it was a sunny day, the wind packed a punch so it was not very crowded at the sanctuary. The building is very nice, though they are still doing work on the grounds. (Found out later from Jim that SWT Design is working on this project!)
They used as many green building materials as they could, and the silver silo-looking things are water collection tanks. Inside the building they have a few high powered telescopes so you can really see the birds out on the lake. Rocking chairs on the back porch offer a nice space to sit and reflect on nature.
These are the only three swans that we saw. Apparently the others all normally take off by Valentine's Day. Shoot! We will have to remember to go back earlier next year.
We saw lots of other birds though, so that was pretty cool. And then we spied these eagles, a momma and a juvenile we think. We watched as they flew, landed on the ice, and baby caught a fish while momma watched.
We were planning to visit the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area nearby, until we saw this.
We decided that would need to be the road not taken. Overall, a great day. I can't wait to go back in the spring and see the native landscape when it is blooming. And not so blooming cold!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
|Lorraine & Jerry|
I should admit here that I am not a good traveler under normal conditions. I prefer to drive rather than be the passenger. But I do not like to drive when the roads are icy. Jim took over the wheel, and I tried to keep my mouth shut. Everywhere I looked there were cars in the ditch. As we got close to Hannibal, it was as if they didn't own any snow plows in that area. It was horrible! To top it off, we stopped again to fill up and grab some food and when I walked the dog, I fell on the ice. Knee, hip, wrist and shoulder took the brunt of it. At least I didn't break anything! Once we got into Iowa, the road conditions improved. They were still snow packed, but at least the slow lane was halfway decent to travel on. A drive which normally takes us 6 hours was 7 and a half instead.
Charles City already had over a foot of snow on the ground, but they got several more inches on Saturday. Luckily we had nowhere we needed to go. Sunday was cold but sunny. Then we saw the forecast for Monday, which is when we planned to come home. More snow was predicted so we decided to see what the morning brought. I was reading reports of freezing rain from St. Louis up through southern Iowa, and Charles City was expected to get another 4 inches of snow. This time we decided to stay put since it looked like Tuesday would be clear with a warming trend. We took advantage of the extra time to visit with relatives and play card games.
Sure enough, the roads were excellent on Tuesday. We left 26 degree weather and pulled into a balmy 64 degrees St. Louis. Unbelievable. Now I remember why I say I won't travel this time of year.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
|Slappy and Skippy|
|Secret Agent Squirrel|