They Grow em BIG out Here

Feb 19, 2022

Waconda Lake Bird Watching

When we first moved to a little town in North Central Kansas, we didn’t expect to find a whole lot of wildlife. Boy were we surprised! Every evening drive was punctuated by quick braking and a little swerving to avoid the furrier country residents. Often Craig and I would see a raccoon by the wayside that could only be described as massive. We also saw many mule deer and white tail deer. The mule deer is not common in our old Northwest area. We were also surprised at the size of the mule deer. A few times we saw a fox wandering the town that was roughly the size of a heeler dog (medium sized dog). Back West, the fox are about the size of a jack russell terrier.

Not only were we accosted by wildlife coming out at night, they came at us during the day. The birds around here are more of the kamikaze variety. They don’t seem to mind darting in front of your vehicle blindly and hoping you’ll tap on the brakes. We never had to brake so much for flying birds before we became Midwesterners. Our nickname for our winged friends out here is now suicide birds! A few of our acquaintances adorned their pickups with feathered hood ornaments. Once, it was even a hawk. We were sorry to see that one 😦 The variety of birds was also fun to see. Never before had we witnessed a lovely red cardinal in real life. Nor have we seen so many pheasants adorning the fields.

Not only is this state that has very few trees, full of forest creatures, it has a booming hunting tourism industry. In almost every small town there are hunter lodges that keep full even in the winter. Hunting permits are free for residents. We heard a rumor that if you are a local you don’t need to get a fishing permit. This has inspired us to buy some fishing tackle, though I don’t know if we will be catching any walleye soon. I expected Kansas to be sort of a barren wasteland but now I see it as teaming with life. Must be all that corn they are feeding them 🙂

Genesis 1:30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

Our carport was home to a few baby birds last spring.

We are certainly blessed with the abundance and variety of wildlife in the Midwest. Even though our neck of the woods doesn’t really include the woods, there is always something interesting to see. I am very happy our home came with some extra large windows!

2 responses to “They Grow em BIG out Here”

  1. You’re right, it’s great to have wildlife close by. I love it when we go for a drive, and we can identify from small birds to bigger animals, such as ostriches and even different antelope. And good luck when you get to the fishing … even if you don’t catch anything, at least you would have had time to spent in nature!

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    1. Wow, that would be something else 🙂

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