We seem to have a love/hate relationship with the Canada goose, don't we?
They are quite magnificent looking birds. I especially enjoy them when in a
V-shaped loud honking flyover above the garden at dusk. . . . . knowing they
are heading home to their pond. Whereas, when grounded in our parks,
ponds and local gardens, I must agree they are extremely mucky pests.
Having become non-migratory, their numbers have increased to thousands
in my area of North Carolina.
Extremely successful at living in human-altered areas, Canada geese have proven able to establish breeding colonies in urban and cultivated areas, which provide food and few natural predators, and are well known as a common park species. Their success has led to them sometimes being considered a pest species because of their depredation of crops and issues with their noise, droppings, and habit of begging for food, especially in their introduced range. via Wikipedia
Only a dozen geese were hanging out at the pond Saturday afternoon, along with
two pairs of Mallards. They seemed to get along fine together - there was no bickering
or pecking, just quiet sharing of the open water for resting or swimming, and preening
on, or sliding about on the more stable icy parts of the pond. They mostly ignored me
when I managed to get down close to the bank, no begging for food or honking.
Reflections in the cold water were interesting. . . . . . .
. . . . . impressionist style paintings came to mind.
Have you taken an interesting winter walk this month?
Do you tuck a camera in your pocket when walking?