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Tuesday, March 10

Great gobs of gaggling geese!

For reasons known only to the flapping ones themselves, the corn field behind our house has become a bit of a wild bird reserve/roosting spot this season for a huge colony of Canadian geese. I understand them being attracted by the nearby water sources of Israel Creek and Monocacy River, but don't see what's so inviting abut a bare corn field. Must be it's full of errant kernels after the crop was harvested, I dunno. Got to be something good though, because there are hundreds of them out there, seriously hundreds. And jeez, are they noisy!

Every morning they take off, somewhat in the direction of the water, then return in the evening, raising a raucous ruckus each and every time. They gabble, gabble, gabble
before lift off -- I guess to let the others know "yo, it's time to go!" -- and then when they return to settle in for the night, they gabble, gabble, gabble some more. Interminably! One can't help but wonder what the heck they go on and on about for so long. I mean, it's not like they haven't seen each other for years, you know?

They're worse than kidlets having a sleep-over, but I don't suppose my hoofing it out there to tell them to be quiet and go to sleep would change anything. Then I'd have
goose poo to deal with. I guess I'll just be patient... Spring is coming and I'm sure they'll find greener pastures.

This is just some of them, they stretch further on both sides...

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At 3/10/2009 3:26 PM, Blogger Laurie said...

We have the same thing here Marianne! The lake is just to the east, and there are 2 huge ponds just to the west. There are also mega cornfields in between, and you always know it's dusk because they start "singing" to eachother. Then flock after flock start flying over the house, and the common rule, don't look up! You never know what may drop out of the sky!

At 3/11/2009 1:46 PM, Blogger Desert Songbird said...

We have great numbers of them hanging out in our community by the lake and in the park. When they fly over the house, it sounds like they're barely clearing the rooftops!


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