Most Of The Snow Geese Were Gone, But Middle Creek Is Still A Great Place To Enjoy Nature.
My brother Mike, his son Mike Jr. and I finally made our annual visit to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area on Sunday.
The time and extent of the migrations vary every year. We knew the migration was early this year. There were 100,000’s of snow geese on the lake last week. However bad weather on the weekends prevented us from taking the 70 mile drive until this past Sunday.
We were hoping there may still be some large flocks of the snow geese on the lakes. We arrived early since the snow geese begin to leave the lake at sunrise. They either continue their flight north or head to the local corn fields to feed on the remains of last years crops. We weren’t the first to arrive. Every year Middle Creek attracts photographers, nature lovers and local residents to watch the spectacular scene of the geese taking of from the lake.
I still enjoyed hearing the honking of the geese in the distance. However, this year I wouldn’t have the opportunity to photograph the spectacular sight of the large flocks taking off. The few flock that were still here flew away from us as they left the lakes. It was still an amazing sight.
Luckily, there is a lot more than just snow geese at Middle Creek. There are a number of species of birds in the area. Some, like the snow geese, stop over during the migration. Others include the Canada geese and the tundra swans.
We waited for the snow geese to fly off and decided to ride around the reserve and look for ducks on the many small ponds in the area. As we left the parking area we saw a number of horse carriages driven by the Amish folks who live in the area and also enjoy watching the geese.
When we arrived at the visitor center we learned it did not open until noon on Sunday. So we drove back to the service road and found it was open. As we drove along the road looking for ducks, geese and other birds we came across a couple of young Game Commission employees tagging some mallard ducks.
We stopped and had a nice conversation about their work and the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. We discussed the many song birds that will also be migrating through the area in the coming weeks. I never was here later in the Spring but plan to return this year.
We continued driving around the lake looking for different species of ducks. I am not a duck expert but my brother and nephew pointed out the many species that were on the lake including these ruddy ducks,
and this dark eyed junco. Here is a link to some more of the birds we saw at our visit. Middle Creek birds March 4 2018.
We all agreed we could have spent the day looking for the many birds that were on or near the lake and ponds. However, we all had things to do at home and so had to leave. We did have enough time to stop for a hearty breakfast at Buddy’s Log Cabin in Ravine. We talked about the many ducks, geese and birds we saw and also discussed a return visit to see the song birds arrive. Here is a link to some more photographs from our visit. Middle Creek March 4 2018.
“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring.”
― Aldo Leopold