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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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Thousands of geese in the area

February 24, 2009 at 11:00 AM

My apologies to Jennifer Towery. While driving home last night and attempting to have a cell phone conversation with Jennifer, I was mesmerized by the sight of thousands of geese flying overhead. And I only got more distracted when many of the geese (white-fronts and Canadas) started dumping into a field for which I have permission to hunt.

Not that hunting these birds is possible any longer. But it’s fun just to enjoy the spectacle of thousands of birds in one area. And it’s nice to see so many birds headed north during the spring migration. We’ve had huge flocks of snow geese pass overhead a few weeks ago and now this latest flock. I’m betting they are already out of the area. But just in case, the dog and I will go out later today to see what we see. Here’s what I saw yesterday.

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