Friday, March 22, 2013

Migrations




These are Snow Geese migrating. I have seen some huge flocks almost daily this last week. Here they are flying up in a spiral formation with many birds flying in from other areas and joining into the formation.It was amazing to watch and see how they were getting higher in altitude. When they got so high you could barely see them, they formed into many "V" formations and flew north. It reminded me of Air Force squadrons flying off.This is real amazing to me how they know how to do this. I saw it again while observing Sandhill Cranes this last week.I will share these next post.Imagine watching flocks in the tens of thousands. It is one of the treats living in the area I live in along the Missouri River.
 



 Grand Island,Nebraska.
 
 I drove 700 miles watching the migrations this last week.


These were a 4-H project in a tiny town in Nebraska.





Many of you asked about this church out on the prairie. It is in Gretna,Nebraska, called the Holy Family Shrine. It has a living water trail starting in the fellowship hall, going outside and then right up to the alter.It is a favorite place for me to stop at often.This is the sanctuary separate from a earth bermed hall.

20 comments:

  1. Someone in Arizona told me about the sand hill crane migration. Apparently there's a place down there where the birds gather as well. What a miraculous event, the migration!

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  2. You sure get to see some wonderful birds and bird events out there. Lovely.

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  3. Snow geese can also be seen here on the VA eastern shore. There are large flocks at Chincoteague NWR, and also in open fields. Wile I am not sure of the numbers, they appear to be in the hundreds. That church was interesting to see and looks like a restful stop. Safe travels to you and Lily, Steve.

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  4. Love the benches! We have a place, near here, Squaw Creek that I've been wanting to visit. Supposedly they have lots of the migrating birds too... I must go there. Fun post.

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  5. I remember when I was a kid seeing a snow goose was a big event. Dad would load us kids up and drive us to the cornfield so we could see the one white goose in a field covered in Canadian geese. How things have changed. I enjoyed the photos of the shrine and the 4-H projects. You are so good at capturing interesting things. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Those migrations look like party time. I really enjoyed the artitistic flare shown with the various scenes painted on the buffalo figures.

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  7. the geese are amazing. I saw plenty flying south but haven't caught any heading back up north. and I love the buffalo benches!

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  8. When I lied in the arctic from 63 to 66 I found that the snow geese arrived long before ther was open water. They stayed on the ice for weeks.
    They go through eastern Alberta in huge flocks. They do stick around here for a short time and then disappear.

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  9. Oh My---I'm so envious of you getting to see so much of the migration. AWESOME... That was probably the best 700 miles you have driven in awhile... Fabulous photos and totally amazing...

    I can understand why you enjoy stopping at that church. What a wonderful place for peace and contemplation.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. wow 700 miles, that's a lot of traveling. And that's a lot of birds there too.

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  11. How wonderful to see all those snow geese migrating! Great post!

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  12. Snow geese are always a treat. I rarely see them around here, but always appreciate when I do.

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  13. We are seeing lots of migratory birds overhead -- sadly, none are stopping by the farm for me to capture on the camera.

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  14. Except in the movies, I've never seen so many birds in one place. What an awesome experience that must have been! We're on the I-95 Geese Interstate. But I'm not hearing them like I did last year. Guess they've got a built-in weather forecaster.

    That church is amazing. Perhaps a post about it??? I'd love to see how the stream goes to the altar.

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  15. Hmm, I don't think my comment took. I'll check back later.

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  16. Except in the movies, I've never seen so many birds in one place. What an awesome experience that must have been! We're on the I-95 Geese Interstate. But I'm not hearing them like I did last year. Guess they've got a built-in weather forecaster.

    That church is amazing. Perhaps a post about it??? I'd love to see how the stream goes to the altar.

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  17. Wow! That's a LOT of birds! Hope you carried your umbrella...Hahaaa
    Neat artwork as well!
    hughugs

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  18. Excellent collection, Steve !
    We have the same here, the storks and wild geeze.

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