I went to Anahim Lake last Wednesday to pick up a wwoofer. I have hosted these doughty volunteer workers for a number of years. Mogens is from Germany and he plans to spend the summer wwoofing in Canada. Wwoof stands for: Willing Workers On Organic Farms. Well, I don’t have an organic farm but the organizers don’t mind. I have had a lot of wwoofers from Germany, many also from Switzerland, some from Britain, France, Belgium, Canada, US, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. A few don’t work out but 90% of them are absolutely great. Mogens seems to be enjoying the work I am giving him.
Our first job was to build a boardwalk to the upper pond. I have always been frustrated at this time of year because I can hear all the birds landing on the newly open water but it is too difficult to get there across the flooding creek.
I helped Mogens build the first part, but he finished the job himself, including the bridge part.
The next morning I could walk there dry-shod and was delighted to see a pair of American Widgeons.
But most interesting of all were a pair of hooded mergansers. They are not common but this is the second time I have seen them at Ginty Creek.