Saturday, May 26, 2007

A ordinary day by the river

One of the benefits of having our office sit right on the Mississippi River is that we frequently have wildlife right outside our window.

It's not uncommon to have a bald eagle swoop down and glide right over the water or a Peregrine Falcon circle overhead in search of unlucky bunnies.

But the other day we had a cute little woodchuck walk right up to our window (our windows are at ground level), stand up on his hind legs and press his nose against the glass. And I could tell what he was thinking... These poor humans, trapped in this glass prison all day long. Tsk tsk, that's just so inhumane!

Of course as soon as I picked up my camera he scurried away onto the patio. But then I did get this picture.

Then not more than an hour later we heard a "tapping" sound on the glass and looked up to see a female Mallard looking into the room. She apparently was asking for our help in ridding her of the 4 horny males that wouldn't leave her alone. After shooing the guys away, I grabbed this shot of the proud new momma, taking her kids down to the water for their very first swim!

I'm looking forward to watching these little guys grow up - as I'm sure they're looking forward to watching us grow old. In our cage.

12 comments:

Bill said...

I am humbled by the beauty and design of our earth, and how perfectly all birds and animals harmonize with their enviroment.

Hilly said...

That is so awesome. I almost always revert back to feeling like a child when I see little duckies or rabbits.

Where I live (Irvine, CA) is a master planned city that is huge on preserving nature. When I go for walks in the park, little bunnies are everywhere and it makes me happy!

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Oh, that glass prison of yours sure looks fine to me!

Gale said...

On the way to work one morning, I saw a raccoon on the corner waiting to cross the street or perhaps he was trying to hitch a ride as his paw was up in the air. I ignored him as I have a two seater and had no room for an extra passenger.

Sandy said...

Wow! In the words of my daughter, You have, like, the best job ever!

Heather said...

Nice view from your office!

Mooselet said...

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

C'mon you knew that was coming eventually... Nice pics, btw.

Carla said...

I was impressed whilst in traffice the other day when all 7 lanes of traffice came to a complete stop so a mama duck and her 4 babies could make is safely across the road. That was a miracle...

deborah said...

Jeff, you work much too hard. Demand a raise! oh, and by the way, the duckies are so cute

Stephanie said...

Awww! You're the female mallard's HERO!!

And I totally did you for that, Man!

wayabetty said...

I actually read that book to my Sophia last night.

What a nice site to look at!

Jenny said...

You are killing me with the cuteness.

Seriously...adorable.