Red, Canadian, and Blue

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It’s been a cold, cold winter. Maybe its just because I’m getting older, but I wasn’t as enthusiastic about going for long hikes in the cold this year. But this weekend was beautiful. The wind kept a lot of the birds hunkered down, but we had highs in the 60’s again. Once the wind lets up a bit, it will be incredible weather to go find some birds.

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I did manage to get outside a little bit. Here are some geese, a red shouldered hawk, and an eastern bluebird that all were enjoying the weather with me.

This bluebird was pretty close to us. I was walking with my son and spotted this bluebird fluttering around, enjoying the sunlight. It showed off its gorgeous rust-colored breast and then turned around to show us its beautiful blue back. He hopped a little closer, but then flew off before I could get another shot.

Red Shouldered Hawk

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Right before we spotted the eastern bluebird, we saw three hawks making lazy circles in the sky. Yeah, this is Oklahoma. I’m always amazed at how quickly they can disappear, even without flapping a single time. They were there and then gone. Luckily, one of them returned. It hung in the sky just above us, like it was posing for me. I was a bit over-zoomed at times and had trouble tracking it, but still managed to get a few good shots.

Canadian Geese

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And then there were the geese. There are always geese, so they aren’t very exciting to shoot. Don’t tell Pete, but I really like geese. They have such funny personalities. They’re also predictable. When you hear them start to make a ruckus, it usually means they are coming in for a landing. Those are always opportunities to get some fun shots.

Geese aren’t really graceful, so there is always a lot of flapping and splashing happening on impact. A lot of time they land in groups. The ones we saw on our walk came in together in a very large flock. Although they landed in very predictable ways, I was a little too far away to get the shots I would’ve liked. It was an impressive display of formation flying, with small groups breaking away from the larger group to come in for a landing while the others continued to circle overhead. Yeah, they are goofy and abundant birds, but there’s still something cool about watching them in action.

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All I want for Christmas

Dear Santa,

I need more bacon for my emergency kit. And I need my fur to grow back before it gets any colder. I also have a list:

  • Bacon
  • Goose of doom bait
  • Goose traps
  • An extra, extra, extra large scarf for my dragon (black and brown, like me)
  • night vision goggles, with a strap so they stay on my head
  • A new parachute, my old one broke in a mid-air collision with a goose
  • Flame thrower, extra short (I am brave, not tall)
  • Subscription to the bacon of the month club

I have been pretty good this year, for me. Every time I ran away from home, I came back. I only made messes on the floor when it was an emergency. And the only geese I ate were evil ones. I even shared my bacon with a dragon once. 

Love alway,

Peter Barker

A Funny Olympic Game

Today was a funny day. I have to tell you about it.

Bob, my dragon, took me to an Olympic game. It was a game where geese of doom teamed up with cats to compete for medals and stuff.

I watched one event with a few of my friends. One was a chihuahua, one was a dachshund, and then there was Bob. The geese were holding up hoops for the cats they were paired up with. It was pretty crazy.

The goose held up a hoop and then started honking insanely. The cat didn’t even flinch. It would turn its head away from the general direction of the goose and then start licking its paw and its belly adn other stuff. That just made the goose MAD! It was hilarious!

Then I got an idea. I whispered it to my friends. We counted 1-2-3 and then started barking suddenly and furiously. And Bob roared real loud too. The cat jumped straight up in the air like cats do when you scare them real good. The quick thinking goose turned the hoop sideways so that when the cat came down, he fell straight through the hoop!

Well, that made the cat really mad. He took a swipe at the goose’s bill and then walked off with his tail high in the air like nothing happened. That goose was pretty happy, though, because he won a gold medal!

When he comes back to our lake, it’ll almost be a shame to eat him. He is a gold medal winning goose, after all.

Down by the lake

The other day I was down by the lake. The sun was shining and I was happily frolicking in the grass. Maybe you are not familiar with frolicking. I will be more specific. When the sun is shiny and warm, I roll over on my back and hurl myself back and forth like a big, hyper, and very furry worm. And frantic. But very, very happy.

So I was on my back in the grass by the lake. Then I heard a splat. Instantly I was on my feet and at high alert. I quickly noticed the goose poop right next to me. Then I saw the goose. His beady, lifeless eyes bore into my skull.

“Hey! You pooped in my general direction!”  He only stared.

“It is NOT NICE to poop in the general direction of a ferocious and brave pooch like me!”

“HONK!!!!”

I did what any self-respecting canine would do. I peed a little and then barked at that goose of doom! 

“Bark, bark!”

He lazily turned his head then flew away. I DO NOT LIKE THE GOOSE OF DOOM! I knew this was not the end.

Me and geese

You know that I am brave. I have told you this a bunch of times. I am a brave dog! 

I live near a lake. The lake has geese. We call them geese of doom. We call them that because they are evil. When I get out, I try to run to the lake so I can bark at them. They do not like this, but it is ok because I do not like them! I hope they will fly away to a different lake. Then our lake will be full of ducks, fish, and turtles, which I do like. Well, I do not like turtles a whole lot, but they are better than geese. Turtles do not honk!

One more thing. I must play a prank on Snowy soon. She wrote on my blog.