Just outside Lake City a lonely goose sits beside the fast moving Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. This would not be too unusual but this is the second year in a row I have watched this goose spend the summer by itself along a fast moving stream. Geese usually like lake water and they mate for life. You just have to wonder what has happened in its life to make it choose to spend its summer in such a way. Geese usually mate for life and if they lose a mate for some reason they choose another and continue their life. You have to wonder where it spends the winter and if it lives alone in some unusual place as well.
Yesterday morning I was sitting watching the news and a hummingbird appeared in the window where our hummingbird feeder hangs in the summer. He was stationery in the window for a few seconds looking me right in the eye as if to say “I’m back, where is the food”. There is absolutely no reason for a hummingbird to be in that window except he remembered that is where he spent the summer and there was always food. It is absolutely mind boggling to think that this little bird had flown thousands of miles and spent the winter in another country and had the ability to return to a little cabin 9000 foot above sea level on the side of a mountain covered in pine trees and expect to find a feeder. I immediately slipped on my shoes and found the feeder in the garage and had it filled and hung for him and two other early birds that arrived that afternoon.
It reminds me of the big male Mallard duck that lived on the lake for several years. He was injured and unable to fly. He found a mate that stayed with him thru the winter even though she was totally capable of flight. They spent the winter in a warm spring on the lake that did not freeze. The citizens of Lake City made sure they had food for the winter and you could see cars stopping daily to throw food to them. Every year they would have little ones and raise them to be normal ducks flying around the lake.
There is just so much about the animal world we do not understand. The lone goose and why does he choose his unusual life style. The ability of the Hummer to return to an exact spot. The loyalty of the female Mallard to stay and live thru a harsh winter in the high country. Living here in the high mountains so close to nature does have a lot to offer.