Monday, September 7, 2009

Why...

... did the chickens cross the road?


Why did it take them so long to cross the road?

Obviously, they wanted to slow down traffic, and get to the other side!

The Bag Lady took a load of garbage to the dump the other day, and on her way home, she saw a flock of about 8 or more prairie chickens crossing the road. Fortunately, she was the only one on the road at the time, and she stopped for them. They move slowly and cautiously, for the most part. The Bag Lady was even able to get out of her truck and take a few pictures. (And to be honest, she isn't exactly sure what kind of birds these are - she thinks they are spruce hens, but could be wrong. They are some type of grouse, anyway.)

Hope everyone (in Canada and the US, anyway) is enjoying their long weekend.

22 comments:

carla said...

Im so excited for your new journey which starts tomorrow!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Carla! I am really looking forward to it!

solarity said...

They don't seem to be very interested in _flying_ across the road, do they?

Reminds me of the turkey vultures, who try to stare down the car as they stand over their dead squirrel/possum/whatever in the middle of the road, and I, rolling my eyes, am saying "I promise I'm not going to steal your lunch!"

the Bag Lady said...

Mary Anne in Kentucky - they aren't much for flying, actually. And the majority of them just poked along at their own speed. But one brave fellow actually flew a few feet to get away from me.

Hilary said...

I'll bet you were thinking Chicken road-crossing jokes while you were snapping. I can hear your brain sometimes. ;)

Best of luck to you for your new job, Baggie. :)

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary - I was counting on you to have a couple chicken-crossing-road jokes!
And thanks, I'm excited about the job!

CherylK said...

Love it! Good pics. There's a road in our town that separates two little lakes and there are always geese crossing from one side to the other. Everyone just stops to let them pass.

Let us know how the first day of your new adventure goes tomorrow. Have fun!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Cheryl! I'll be sure to post about the job!
And I was so afraid that a vehicle would come barreling down that road before all those silly birds got across - I've seen it happen, unfortunately. But this time they all made it safely!

kcinnova said...

Because they need you to motivate them at the fitness center? ;)

the Bag Lady said...

kcinnova - ya think??? :)

Reb said...

Wow, where was I last week? Glad the cows had fun going to pasture, sad you got a cold, love the sunrise photo, congrats on the job, the closet - well, it'll get done eventually. Nice of you to stop for the chickens. Good luck tomorrow.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, sis! You must have been busy last week!

Sagan said...

Hope you enjoyed your last day of freedom ;)

the Bag Lady said...

Sagan - I did, I did! I lazed around, made stew (so we can have leftover stew tomorrow!), puttered around and am well rested for tomorrow.
:)

Leah J. Utas said...

Ruffed grouse is what you've got there, Cousin.
I got a kick out of your post. Well done.
We don't see that many wild chickens around here. It's a treat to see them on your blog.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, cousin! I was sure they were some kind of grouse. For convenience's sake, we usually just refer to them all as prairie chickens. Or partridges. Depends on which word pops into my head first.

Geosomin said...

Reminds me of the prarie chickens at the lake...they just sort of sit there and expect you to drive around them :)

Good luck at work today!

the Bag Lady said...

Geo - that's exactly how these birds are!
And thanks, I'm really looking forward to it!

The Fifth Sparrow said...

Hi, loved the chickens crossing the road. Why do they cross? They do it to amuse Bag Lady's loyal readers.
The Calgary zoo now has beautiful wild turkeys running loose in addition to the ever present peacocks. They are gorgeous.

Hope today went well. So excited for you!
Tell us everything!!

Missicat said...

We have that problem with geese and ducks...fortunately people do stop (even here!) to let them waddle on by.
Posted an update finally. *sigh*

Lucas said...

I once came upon a flock of geese in the road. Other motorists were just stopped waiting for the geese to clear, but it didn't look like they were in any hurry so I got out of my truck and shooed them across the road so traffic could be freed up. It was a fun moment. Hope you had as big of a smile as I did! :)))))

Crabby McSlacker said...

Prairie chickens? I never knew there was such a thing!

Hope the new job is entertaining, and can't wait to hear all about it!