April Showers Bring May… Geese?

 

May is definitely the most adorable time of year where I’m from, because that’s when our little local goose family shows up! It’s so fun seeing them waddle around together and watching the babies learn how to swim. Bonus: the mom will hiss at you if you get too close! Please enjoy these recent photos; I pulled over on the side of the road to take them, and then the car behind me did the same instead of going around me. The little goose family is well-loved around here. ☺️

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  1. Randy Webster Member
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    Not a golfer, I take it.

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  2. Hang On Member
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    There are apartment complexes with ponds not far from here. There are geese year round. It never gets cold enough for the ponds to freeze over. And there is plenty of food to be had. Their only predators are cats and dogs and they can usually more than hold their own. They rather calmly waddle across the road to a shopping center and it brings traffic to a complete stop.  

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  3. Headedwest Coolidge
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    If you only have one family of geese, and only part of the year, you are very lucky.

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  4. WillowSpring Member
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    For us, the Canada Geese tend to stay in the pond across the road. What we have had this spring are Wild Turkeys going up and down the yard.  I think they are going from the swampy woods across the creek to the drier woods in our yard.  We see them several times a week, but the neighbor’s hay is getting tall enough that they could hide there.

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  5. kedavis Member
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    Wouldn’t it have to be a different family each year?  Presumably the babies grow up, and aren’t still babies next year…

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  6. Bluenoser Member
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    I’m not sure there is an animal that terrifies me more than geese. 

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  7. TheRightNurse Member
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    Bluenoser (View Comment):

    I’m not sure there is an animal that terrifies me more than geese.

    As it should be.   Those things are nasty. 

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  8. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
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    In Canada, we dont call them geese.  We call them our owners.  Cause when they occupy a piece of road good luck on getting them to move.

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  9. Chuck Thatcher
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    Enjoy seeing them as they loiter around a couple of cattle ponds near us.

    When we lived in a suburb in Cypress-Fairbanks, Texas, they were an annoyance because they made such a great mess.  And because they could be a bit argumentative to those out for a stroll. Edit:  Never mind – those were Muscovy ducks.

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  10. EJHill Podcaster
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    When I think of geese, I think of WC Fields. The quote is not COC compliant.

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  11. MiMac Thatcher
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    Geese are smarter than i thought- they would come to my driveway from a pond down the street and proceed to defecate all over the place. But, if you let your large dog out the door just two or three times they do not come back again for years…

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  12. Aaron Parmelee Member
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    Around here they are basically a nuisance. Too many birds, too few predators. As far as I can tell, their only predators are automobiles.

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  13. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    I have always liked geese, apparently. My mother tells the tale of my youthful solicitude for the geese at our local pond just after the arrival of my first sister. “Mother, can we feed Ellen to the geese?” She grew on me and we became great friends in our youth.

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  14. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    They are year-round pests here in the Pacific Northwest. 

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  15. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    When I was a kid, before Canadian Geese became year round residents on Long Island, the flocks of geese flying overhead signaled the summer’s end. 

    They are pests and they make horrible messes, but they are also magnificent, handsome birds. 

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  16. Randy Webster Member
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    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    When I was a kid, before Canadian Geese became year round residents on Long Island, the flocks of geese flying overhead signaled the summer’s end.

    They are pests and they make horrible messes, but they are also magnificent, handsome birds.

    How do they taste?

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  17. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    When I was a kid, before Canadian Geese became year round residents on Long Island, the flocks of geese flying overhead signaled the summer’s end.

    They are pests and they make horrible messes, but they are also magnificent, handsome birds.

    How do they taste?

    Terrible!

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  18. Randy Webster Member
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    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

     

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    When I was a kid, before Canadian Geese became year round residents on Long Island, the flocks of geese flying overhead signaled the summer’s end.

    They are pests and they make horrible messes, but they are also magnificent, handsome birds.

    How do they taste?

    Terrible!

    I guess that’s why they haven’t been hunted to extinction.

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  19. kedavis Member
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    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

     

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    When I was a kid, before Canadian Geese became year round residents on Long Island, the flocks of geese flying overhead signaled the summer’s end.

    They are pests and they make horrible messes, but they are also magnificent, handsome birds.

    How do they taste?

    Terrible!

    Except for their livers, apparently.

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  20. Randy Webster Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

     

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    When I was a kid, before Canadian Geese became year round residents on Long Island, the flocks of geese flying overhead signaled the summer’s end.

    They are pests and they make horrible messes, but they are also magnificent, handsome birds.

    How do they taste?

    Terrible!

    Except for their livers, apparently.

    Maybe especially their livers.

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  21. kedavis Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

     

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    When I was a kid, before Canadian Geese became year round residents on Long Island, the flocks of geese flying overhead signaled the summer’s end.

    They are pests and they make horrible messes, but they are also magnificent, handsome birds.

    How do they taste?

    Terrible!

    Except for their livers, apparently.

    Maybe especially their livers.

    A lot of people seem to like petit foie gras.

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  22. Randy Webster Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

     

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    When I was a kid, before Canadian Geese became year round residents on Long Island, the flocks of geese flying overhead signaled the summer’s end.

    They are pests and they make horrible messes, but they are also magnificent, handsome birds.

    How do they taste?

    Terrible!

    Except for their livers, apparently.

    Maybe especially their livers.

    A lot of people seem to like petit foie gras.

    You’re welcome to it.

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  23. kedavis Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

     

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    When I was a kid, before Canadian Geese became year round residents on Long Island, the flocks of geese flying overhead signaled the summer’s end.

    They are pests and they make horrible messes, but they are also magnificent, handsome birds.

    How do they taste?

    Terrible!

    Except for their livers, apparently.

    Maybe especially their livers.

    A lot of people seem to like petit foie gras.

    You’re welcome to it.

    Not interested.  But I just didn’t want to let it go as possibly a Python reference.  (Most relevant part starting about 5:15)

     

     

     

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  24. Allie Hahn Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Wouldn’t it have to be a different family each year? Presumably the babies grow up, and aren’t still babies next year…

    Lol technically yes, but I like to pretend it’s the same family anyway. 

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