Friday, April 27, 2018

The Flood Of 2018

I told you a few posts ago, which is a few weeks ago I guess, that I would share an update when it begins to flood around here. Annnnd here it is!

It has now begun to flood here. It's not as bad as the flood from a few years ago so far. It could get worse though. So far the flooding is just limited to the area mostly near the river.

Last time the roads were closed in most directions due to the flooding. So far this time there are no closed roads. As a matter of fact, I took these pictures from the road that travels across the river over to South Dakota. You can see the sides of the bridge in some of the pictures.

Most of this water I'm showing you is not in the river itself. The picture above is a cornfield that has been turned into a small lake.

In the picture above, you can see some of the buildings of a small farm. It sits perilously close to the river. If you look closely, you can see that they've built up the land all around to protect from flooding. Everything surrounding the farm is under water. But the farm is still okay, for now.

Trees all around are now under water.

This one above shows the river up over its banks and going into the trees. I took this one from the bridge.

This last one is another cornfield. They won't be planting here this year. There will probably be lots of birds in the water here pretty soon. I'll have to lurk around here often if the flooding doesn't get too bad. I might get some very good wildlife photos.

So that's that. I've been extra busy around here now that spring has arrived. Lots of good stuff and lots of bad stuff. I might go into some of it next time. The flood was more interesting for this one. I'll keep you updated on that too. And until then, I'll talk to you later.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Scream of The Birds

Yesterday I was sonically assaulted by blackbirds. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before, so I wasn't exactly prepared for it. I had to move fast. That's the only way I can say it in so few words, but there's more to the story, so let me tell you exactly what happened.

I was sitting there watching something terrible on TV when suddenly I heard a horribly loud high pitched screaming coming from outside. It could have been some kind of machine ready to explode or maybe a gigantic tea kettle going off, but I knew immediately that it was not either of those. It was birds, thousands of them.

It was the sound of very many birds singing, but I don't think I have ever heard so many of them at the same time. I looked out the window and I saw that every tree in town was covered with them. There must have been hundreds of thousands of them out there. I've never seen or heard so many birds in my life. My very first instinct was to run and grab my camera, which I did.

After I got back I began taking pictures. I didn't take many because I knew they'd all be too similar. And I also remembered to get some video, which interrupted my picture taking. I'm really glad I got the video because my pictures are terrible and they don't come anywhere close to showing the sheer number of birds.

But what kind of birds were these? After reviewing my pictures and video, I saw that they were blackbirds. I always thought that there would only be one kind of bird in a flock, but there were at least two different kinds of blackbird here.

Most of these birds were the standard Red-Winged Blackbirds that I've seen many times before. But as you can see in the circled area in the picture above, some had yellow heads. These are called, predictably, Yellow-Headed Blackbirds. I've never seen this kind before this. Pretty cool!

And now here's my video. I have to warn you before you watch this video that you will hear the loud scream of the birds when you click that button. So if you're in a place that needs quiet, then maybe you should wait until later to watch it. Even so, watch it now anyway, because it'll be more fun that way. So this is my newest episode of Rat TV. Let's see if you can watch the whole thing without turning the sound down.

I included these last two pictures just to try to give you the best view I can. This one above has some of the birds in flight. I think that's cool in pictures. I'm not sure any of the pictures are what I was hoping for.

Maybe I should have processed the pictures a bit to give them a bit of zing. I could have brightened them up a bit or done something even cooler. But I was in kind of a hurry to share this post with you. So you get the raw version this time. Maybe I'll make a special post with one fixed up picture just to see what it might look like. Maybe.

The darkness in the pictures is because it was a dark and wet day. We just had another blizzard the night before, and the temperatures were now too high for the snow to remain. It was still snowing while all the snow on the ground was melting away. I think spring may be finally here. (I keep saying that!)

This has been a longer post than I intended. I hope you were interested enough to be able to read it all. Even if you couldn't I'm glad you stopped by. And with that, I'll talk to you later!