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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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).
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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Photos: G. Kramm (2016)
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