Monday, October 6, 2008

South is Thataway!

Canada Geese getting ready for the parade.

I have been studying these geese for some little time now.

There is a park across the road from where we live. Beside there being a sizeable lake, there are walkways, gardens and a playing field. This area is a sizeable habitat for a variety of wildlife and the geese in particular.

When not on the lake or some other such mischief, they congregate on the playing field in large numbers especially when the sun is out. The strange thing I found is, they all sit facing the sun as it dips toward the west, in rows almost like a battalion of soldiers on parade. It is very regimentally impressive I have to admit.

I have come to the conclusion, that just as humans have a need for vitamin D, so too do wild life, the birds in particular. Almost as if they are charging their batteries ready for the long flight south.

Of course having the geese around in such numbers, one gets to see them in flight, in their now well known V formation. Which raised another question, why? To which I also formed my own opinionated answer.

When in flight there is always one goose at the lead position, changing one could presume at intervals, moving from the lead down back to the rear of the flock. I determined then, that over the course of their journey, no doubt every goose within that group, would spend a time both leading and also at rearguard.

It occurred to me. What if they arrive at the wrong destination? They would have no one to blame, but themselves. Maybe even, all that honking is everyone trying to give the lead goose directions! Bunch-a backseat drivers! J ~



Roberta said...

I've watched these geese as they settled here in our area. I admire their beauty.

I was amazed to find out that my Robins come here in the spring, but winter with my mother in the south. She sends them home fat and happy.

Love your blog! Thank you for visiting mine. :)

Eric Valentine said...

Beautiful and graceful they are Roberta, but they can sure make a mess too :)

Glad you enjoy my blog and that you paid me a visit, it's always nice to see other blogs.

I just read a new story at Shameless blog, yes the circle. :)

swenglishexpat said...

Those geese travel far. My mother in Sweden complains about the mess they leave on the footpath in her park!

forsythia said...

Some Canada geese no longer migrate. My husband thinks we have both migratory and non-migratory Canada geese here in Maryland. When the migrators fly high in the sky, the residentgeese seem to look heavenward longingly, but make no move to join them.

Eric Valentine said...

Yes Swen I guess they do travel great distances, so it comes as no surprise.. :)

My apologies to your mother on behalf of the Canada goose! LOL :)

Eric Valentine said...

I have to agree with you Forsythia, we find that we do have geese here year round.

In fact last year was a bit surprising for we had a few species stay over, of birds that we don't normally see in winter. :)