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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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April 26: Picture of the Day

April 26, 2010 at 09:05 PM

Birds amaze me in many ways. There’s the whole migration thing. And the staying alive in freezing temperatures when you expect their feet to freeze.

But they also amaze in the way they can find food. Saturday in the rain, the ball diamonds at Elmwood’s Sweetwater Park were worked up in an effort to get rid of weeds that had been left to run amok by an inattentive head of parks. That’s another story, but what’s more pertinent to this post is the fact that doves were all over the diamonds by Monday. They were probably there Sunday, too, only I didn’t get out to see.

And the birds were very, very hesitant to leave the diamonds. No doubt there were plenty of weed seeds for them to gorge on.

My question is, how do they find them so fast? How do they locate the seeds moments after somebody puts them on the ground?

I leave that for you to ponder. For now I’m glad to have another picture so I can sleep and chase the gobblers in the morning.


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