1. Cindi says:

    I learned something about geese this past week while watching a pair ~ and over the last year as well, I suppose. They are very smart! Anyone who has gotten too close at the wrong time knows they are bold and defiant, but I also learned that they grow REALLY fast! Egg incubation is quite short and once those little guys hatch, they go from little golden fuzzy balls to the size of an adult man’s hand in 2 or 3 days! Born with a bravery worthy of a seasoned soldier, or lack of any sense whatsoever, I’m not sure which, they will leap from a 90 foot high nest into a wingless plunge to the ground, bounce once or twice, shake it off and run to catch up with mom who leads them to water. I think ducks do the same. Makes me feel like we humans are not so superior after all!

    • MaryJane says:

      It’s true, human babies are helpless for quite a while. Old man Emil, who mentored me, used to complain about that. He’d jokingly say things like, “Take a newborn baby and throw it in the creek; if it paddles, even a little bit, pull it out; if not, let it go on down.”

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    These beauties don’t often come this far South. They are present over in Tallahassee , in the Florida panhandle, but I never see them here. I have always loved their statuesque profile. Does it count that I have a wooden one made specifically for me by a work colleague? It has reigned in my family room for 30 years!

  3. CHARLYN says:

    what a great shot

  4. Bonnie ellis says:

    They are beautiful. However they have created a nuisance here because they poop on the walkways and with so many of them it is quite hazardous. Too much of a good thing.

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