Flying Escort in Siouxland, rural Thurston County, Nebraska

19 Nov
Two Canada geese get an escort from a bevy of Red Wing blackbirds as they fly along the Missouri River on an early Nebraska morning near Winnebago, NE Sunday Oct. 17, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

In the last year I have spent more time visiting nature places in Siouxland with a concerted effort to hopefully photograph birds and other animals than in previous years. Shooting wildlife is not as easy as it seems. The critters are quite fast, but because of the pandemic I spent a good portion of my time traipsing through various nature preserves in the area, near and far. And enjoyed it. Shutting out so much “white noise” that has occurred because of people’s views on staying healthy, or not.

While walking a trail near the Missouri River not far from Winnebago, NE I saw some geese fly overhead with apparently an escort by some a flock of red-wing blackbirds. It made me think of those WWII war movies where B-51 bombers flew to Europe escorted by fighter plans to run interference during their mission. While I don’t believe the smaller birds were escorting the larger birds, it did give me pause, and a chance to marvel at nature and possible quirks I never noticed.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

3 Responses to “Flying Escort in Siouxland, rural Thurston County, Nebraska”

  1. Washe Koda November 19, 2021 at 8:21 am #

    Saskatchewan In 1971 I shot 10 honkers with my browning magnum In 1981 I shot 200+ with my browning auto focus ❗️ 😉

    • jerrymennenga November 19, 2021 at 6:52 pm #

      I hope you are all of those quackers. Waste not…… jerry

  2. Washe Koda November 20, 2021 at 4:29 am #

    🦆 And they were tasty too. I made two fine pillows out of them that I’ve cleaned and re ticked twice since ’71 😉

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