October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

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I stocked up on candy again this year, but I don't know why I bothered. I have never gotten more than one group of kids any previous year, and last year I didn't get any. The weather forecast is "heavy rain" today and tonight, and I bet I don't get anyone this time, either.

UPDATE: 2PM and it is pouring out. I'm sure I won't get anyone.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Daily Life at 01:30 AM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 If it's raining heavily, you might get ducks.  Do you have the appropriate treats for them?

Posted by: Siergen at October 31, 2015 01:44 PM (De/yN)

2

We usually have a group of ducks which winter-over here, but I haven't seen any for a couple of weeks and I think they went south this time. I haven't been feeding them for the last couple of months because I learned something.

It isn't the change of the seasons that makes them migrate, it's hunger. When the food fails, they head south. If the food doesn't fail, they don't.

Which makes perfect sense, but it means that when people like me feed them in September and October, we're stuck with them for the entire winter because we're responsible.

As to the rain, it's been heavy for about four hours, and the creek has risen about a foot and is moving fast. It's pouring through a hole in the most recent beaver dam that our handyman tore in it a few days ago.

It's still raining now but not as heavily. I still don't expect to get any visitors.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 31, 2015 03:29 PM (+rSRq)

3

There was a group of geese that wintered over here last year, and we had a huge group of them which were living in my part of the yard for most of the summer, with at least four groups of goslings. Then, one day, they just vanished. I guess the fledgelings finally were able to fly, and the whole group headed out for somewhere better. (There are a group of lakes a few miles west of here; that' s my guess as to where they went.)

About a month later a few of them showed up here again, for one day. And I haven't seen any since. I assume they've headed south too.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 31, 2015 04:06 PM (+rSRq)

4 And nobody came.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 31, 2015 09:06 PM (+rSRq)

5 we're stuck with them for the entire winter

You make it sound like that's a bad thing.

Posted by: Wonderduck at October 31, 2015 09:31 PM (a12rG)

6 It's not a burden, but it makes me feel guilty, so I feed them all winter. They really are supposed to go south, though.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 31, 2015 10:33 PM (+rSRq)

7
They really are supposed to go south, though.
Does that apply to Wonderducks as well?

Posted by: Siergen at November 02, 2015 02:01 PM (De/yN)

8 Does that apply to Wonderducks as well?

Buy me a first class ticket and I'll go south.  Otherwise, nah, I like the northern midwest.

Posted by: Wonderduck at November 02, 2015 09:18 PM (a12rG)

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