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Exhausted birds’ food paradise is a scary pit-stop

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Ducks at Creamer’s Field

On April 2, the geese arrived at Creamer’s Field, a diary in the Fairbanks area. It is a pit-stop each spring and fall for thousands of birds on the way North and South. The birds munch on the seeds that are on the fields and water birds swim on the puddles from snowmelt.

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Huge bird arriving

The majority of birds are Canadian geese, sandhill cranes and ducks. However, there are also waterfowls, some trumpeter swans and small migrating birds. The seeds attract also mammals like voles and rabbits.

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Birds at Creamer’s Field. Ducks in the foreground, geese and sandhill cranes in the middle ground and various other bird behind them

The huge assembly of birds and voles of cause also attracts predators like foxes, hawks and bald eagles. Exhausted birds that just landed and fall asleep after munching seem easy prey. However, the birds are very social. Some are on watch while others are sleeping and eating.

Nevertheless, it happens that the predator also get their food. One year, a fox got a duck and was attacked by geese and sandhill cranes for the kill. The photo made headlines. A fox chased by geese and cranes is news worthy while a fox chasing a duck or voles is not.

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View on the landscape at Creamer’s Field with birds resting and munching after their journey

Creamer’s field is in the suburbs of Fairbanks. Have you ever seen so many birds in the suburbs of a town or in a place that is not in a National Park? Do you like bird watching and photo safaris? Let me know, I am curious.

Did you know that Alaskans who spend their winters in warm regions are called snowbirds? Did you know that there are birds in Alaska in winter?

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On our way back home, we saw two caribous with their calves at the University Experimental Farm. Here is a photo of one of them with mommy caribou.

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Caribous at the University of Alaska Fairbanls Experimental Farm. Calves are black at birth to stay warm. The low albedo of their fur heats stronger in the sun than the light fur of the adults. The mom has started shedding already. Note that both male and female caribou have antlers.

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The birds announce that spring is in the air. However, it is still chilly. Thus, I tried to come up with an outfit that goes with the spring vibe (floral, light colors) and still keeps me warm (tight, boots, sweater under denim jacket).

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Fossil white denim jacket with Oliveo denim skirt, GNW tight, GNW Luxe sweater, statement belt, Russian scarf and Valentino boots (all own)

I love these studded boots. However, they are made to be worn on the winter rainy side walks of West and Mid-European cities. They are so slippy on snow that I can only wear them prior to the onset of snow, or when the sidewalks are already snowfree in spring. Thus, these boots are my spring boots as in fall I procrastinate wearing boots as long as possible. 😉 In spring, I am already eager to wear pumps. Verdict: These boots are not very Alaska suitable, but I love how they look. Do you like them?

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Side view on casual spring work outfit with Fossil white denim jacket, Oliveo denim skirt, GNW tight, GNW Luxe sweater, statement belt, Russian scarf and Valentino boots (all own)

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Photos: G. Kramm (2016)

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