My wife and I took a trip down to Addison today to see the geese. We have gone down there for the past 14 years to see them. Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area is a stop for thousands of migrating waterfoul and often this time of year the fields and the sky are filled with birds. But no dice today.
Sometimes when we drive near the parking/viewing area we can see the birds from miles away. Sometimes we can hear them long before we get there. Today it looked like we would get little viewing for our efforts. There have been years when the snow geese are lined up against the fence, rising and landing in groups among the larger flock. Today there seemed to be just a few small groups in the far distance. A few would rise and settle again, but we could see only a couple dozen against the tall grass.
If we were quiet enough we could hear them honking. A couple flocks of ducks fluttered in. We sat and listened and watched and talked quietly about the beauty of the place and the times we had visited in the past. We talked about why the birds might gather some times and not others when we have visited on the same weekend every year. Does it have to do with high or low pressure in the atmosphere? Does air temperature affect when they fly? Is climate change a factor? We had no answers.
We may visit again in the next week or two, take the kids down to see if we have better luck. Perhaps, however, we will wait until next year. We like to see them, but we are in no rush. I know they will come back. So we will too.