Too much time on my hands

posted Jun 12, 2015, 12:35 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 12:36 PM ]
I find the internet amazing. Every spring I begin watching the wildlife CAMS. I don’t spend hours watching them each day, but I do spend 10-15 minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon making certain that the mothers are taking care of their families. It is fun as well as interesting and educational.

·         The Iowa Eagle family had three chicks this year. I watched mom sit on her eggs through a couple of snowstorms where she was buried in snow. Now, they are ready to fledge. That is always an exciting moment.

·         Similarly, the Missouri Peregrine Falcons had four chicks this year. Over the last couple of weeks they lost their downy feathers and are gaining their strength for the coming fledge.

·         The Maine Osprey who I have watched for several years has two chicks that just hatched this week. Last year I watched her three chicks grow and was fortunate enough to see them fledge.

·         The Maine Puffin is in her burrow right now and soon her eggs will hatch.

·         There are a few others that I watch occasionally, but the above birds I have adopted and they demand a certain amount of my attention each day. 

·         And, after the birds have fledged, it will be time for the Alaskan bears to fish the streams for salmon. That is always exciting, especially

when they bring their cubs.

My wife thinks I have too much time on my hands. I just believe it is procrastination. I am trying to figure out what to do next, so the CAMS divert my attention and allow me to do nothing, but observe, for a quarter of an hour each morning and afternoon

... possibly a little longer at times. :-)