The Red River will purportedly reach the 3rd highest crest on record sometime on Sunday or Monday. Land along the river is being swallowed up by the cold muddy waters of this whimsical stream. When that happens, it tends to dislocate whatever critters occupy the thin ribbon of riparian woods.
One local birder made note of the situation from his Moorhead backyard, which abuts the swelling Red.Â Dennis W. specifically addressed the invasion of voles onto higher ground:
“One look at the damage to our lawn, trees and shrubs suggests that the voles did quite well by this winter. But the flood has become the moment of reckoning, and it is not going so well for the voles. As they are flushed from their homes, the voles have captured the attention of a variety of predators. Species that were observed actually pouncing on or picking up voles this week included red-tailed hawk, Cooper’s hawk, great horned owl, mink, herring gull and crow.”
Over the years I’ve counted well over 100 species from the confines of my property. But I was pretty stunned this morning to see wild turkeys roosting in my neighbor’s boulevard tree. I have to thinkÂ this quite common local species is finding life in the woods somewhat problematic at the moment, what with the high water and all. There is virtually no other compelling reason for turkeys to exit woody areas.