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Garage Entrance Blocked by Moose
When we lived out in Goldstream, we came home from Fairbanks one night and could not get into the house. There were a moose and her calf in the driveway. They did not move away despite our car idling in front of them. After about 10 minutes or so, they decided to lay down in our front yard for the night and we could pull towards the garage. It’s important to never get between a moose cow and her baby. I sneaked out to open the garage door to get into the house.
Seven Drunken Ducks in the Driveway
Tuesday, when I came from work, I could see my husband standing in the driveway, nicely dressed for date night. He was looking and bending down and turning around several times. Quite unusual for someone who is waiting to be picked up. When he saw me, he made signs to slow down. I found this funny as I was just driving 15 mp/h, the speed limit on our road.
I expected that there are squirrels or a cat in the driveway. What a surprise! When I pulled into the driveway, I hit the breaks immediately. My husband was surrounded by seven (!) young ducks. Where he moved, they followed him. Like he were their mother duck.
Now his turning made sense to me. When he stood in place, three sat down while the others walked around him. When he walked in a direction, they followed him.
That’s what I call stalking!
How Wildlife Gets Drunken
He told me that they ate the choke berries from our tree. I have seen various varieties of finks eating these berries before. I always had the impression that the berries make the birds sort of drunken – intoxicated. Maybe that’s why the ducks behaved so funny. 😉
I was even more surprised that they started also following me around when I left the car! We played lead ducks for a while, but then we got them distracted and “escaped” for dinner.
When we came back, they were gone. We were quite happy about that. Do I have to say that they left their black and white signatures all over our driveway? Maybe as a good bye? Or a Thank you? Or was it a revenge that we did not take them out for dinner? 😉
More on Alaska Wildlife
You can find other posts about Alaska wildlife like the
- caribous using unpaved roads,
- big mosquitoes,
- beautiful owls who photobombed a fashion shot, and the various
- Alaska fish, game, and berries at potlucks.
Do you like watching wild animals? Are you an animal lover? What animals are your favorites to watch? Let me know, I am curious.
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Photos: G. Kramm
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