Cranes, Cattails and Hissing Geese

Cranes, Cattails and Hissing Geese // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Another gorgeous Saturday, another getaway. Yesterday the man friend and I drove to the massive Horicon Marsh in Mayville, Wisconsin. (It’s the biggest freshwater cattail marsh in the U.S.!) He was excited to spot sandhill cranes, and I was ready to stroll in the sunshine and face my fear of red-winged blackbirds.

Cranes, Cattails and Hissing Geese // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

We can thank the Wisconsin glacier for carving out this wetland habitat—hence the giant woolly mammoth statue standing outside the education and visitor center. I was there for the wildlife, promise, but this sculpture is so cool that it begged a close-up. Also, check out these cool bird apartments!

Cranes, Cattails and Hissing Geese // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Low rent, great view. There was a birding festival at the marsh yesterday, and we saw a club sporting uniforms and matching full-brimmed hats. I heard talk that someone glimpsed a white ibis, but I was way more interested in watching the adorable muskrats skim through the water. This guy let me get close enough to hear him munching on cattails. Om nom nom.

Cranes, Cattails and Hissing Geese // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

We did sight cranes—some far off the trail on dry land, plus one pair calling and soaring overhead. But mostly we saw geese. So many Canadian geese. The path was like an obstacle course because families with rows of goslings were grazing everywhere. The protective parents stuck out their tongues and hissed at us while we stood back, waiting for them to hit the water and let us pass. I used my walking buddy as a goose shield because they are TERRIFYING.

Cranes, Cattails and Hissing Geese // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

Goose intimidation tactics aside, I had a ton of fun walking around the marsh and getting bird nerdy. We also saw plenty of turtles sunning themselves in piles on logs—they clearly know that Saturday is made for relaxing and hanging out with friends. But these double-crested cormorants knew where the party was at.

Cranes, Cattails and Hissing Geese // Run. Crave. Conquer. blog

YOUR TURN: Are you afraid of any birds? What wildlife habitats are near you?

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About LWynalek

Writer. Runner. Cat lover.

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