Local Vocal

I have decided that geese are inconsiderate creatures. Lovely as they are as goslings,
they poo everywhere, are greedy, and noisy!

We have a ‘rather large’ flock in the park now following a successful breeding season last year when I took the above photos. This may well have been matched this year but we were told that the nests were raided of eggs in order to keep numbers down, and thus we only saw 10 babies this year, six of which are below.
The geese fly over our house every day. I haven’t counted them, but they come in swathes of between thirty and forty birds at a time and we have at least five flyovers.
Graceful in their formation of flight, I haven’t got a picture yet, but then at 5 am I haven’t exactly got the camera to hand!
Maggie got me up at 5 this morning, desperate for a poo so I’m not going to argue.

Photo: August 2018

The sky in the direction of the sea was that striped blue/purple/pink/orange as the sun was rising, the waning moon a diminishing crescent shining over our back garden. She did her business then we went back indoors. The first group flew overhead as I closed the door, honking in joy at the start of their new day, totally oblivious to anyone trying to sleep!
The next battalion flew over some ten minutes later and another large group a few minutes after that, all equally excited at the start of their journey.
Maggie decided she wanted a wee at 6, so I was up again, and two more groups flew over, followed by a third bringing up the rear but at a different angle trying to catch up.

Photo: geese at dawn August 2018

We don’t know where they go, but have an idea from their direction of flight that it could be the estuary on the River Witham as we remember huge masses of birds flying over our heads on our walks there.
I don’t know about timing though as it can be confusing to a degree. The birds today were flying off early, yet last night the sky was full of geese headed in the same direction. Last year, they returned en masse in the evening, usually as we were walking Maggie for either her last walk or the one before. Now things seem to be reversed, unless we have two major flocks which alternate their night stop-overs in our park.
I reckon we have well over two hundred geese there now. The mess is horrific and there is nowhere you can walk to avoid it. We have seen one soul cleaning with a sweeper machine once, which smears rather than disposes of it. There’s a lake so why can’t they  have a portable generator or something to use a power washer to clean the pathway?
At least the ducks are tidier generally doing their business IN the water and it sinks!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Local Vocal

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    I lived near the lake for a few years and much as I loved to walk the lake path from my house to the marina early in the morning on weekends, it was impossible because of all the poo from the geese.

  2. Sadje says:

    Maybe they are narcissistic!

  3. John Holton says:

    One of the places I had to pass every morning was a house with a huge lawn. During migration season, hundreds of geese would congregate on the lawn and walk around, sometimes in front of cars, so you can imagine everyone’s being careful driving around there. That’s where I learned that if you honk your horn at a goose, the goose will honk right back at you.

    There’s a Trappist monastery in the Atlanta area which has a duck and goose pond. The geese are accustomed to handouts of bread, and if they spot you coming, they’ll attack, and God help you if you don’t have any bread to give them. They are fun to watch, though…

    • They have some funny quirks. Some even nudge your pocket, but so far none have actually attacked us for food, though they do recognise the bag of seed, so we’ve got to hide it in our pocket now.

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