Friday, February 10, 2006

Visitors

We had some handsome visitors. They didn't stay long, though... Jasmine wasn't very hospitable.



When I first got interested in birds, I took a local class, where I learned that I'd been calling these by the wrong name my whole life. It's Canada Goose, not Canadian Goose! Branta canadensis in Latin.

Go see the Friday Ark for more critter pics!

15 comments:

KFarmer said...

I have those honkers all year. I love to watch them land in the water. Their poop also covers the dock year round. Dog thinks its a tasty treat. I dont let her kiss me too often...

pablo said...

What's that in the middle of your lake? A gator? We have Canada Geese year round here in Kansas City since there are so many bodies of water and so many people feed them bread (a bad thing to feed a goose, actually).

Rexroth's Daughter said...

They are quite handsome visitors. How nice that they dropped in to say a beautiful hello.

Ron Sullivan said...

I'm laughing at Pablo's comment because that was the first thing I thought too -- "Gator?" But I'm thinking you're a bit north/inland/uphill for those, mostly.

Still, if the neighbors really do get too worrisome...

Aw hell, just send them the geese.

Floridacracker said...

No Way! Honk if you love geese. Geese envy here. Now let's talk about stocking that wonderful fish pond.
I'm thinking a hundred channel cats, maybe two hundred bluegills, 50 largemouth bass...or we could get creative and stock Macrobrachium rosenbergii for the warmer months.
Aquaculture rules.

Rachel said...

What handsome/lovely visitors!

happyandblue2 said...

You are so lucky. I saw a sparrow yesterday. Not quite so majestic..

Cindy said...

I've always had a fondness for Canada Geese- except for spring season when they're raising their young, it's wise to give them a very wide berth. They'll hiss and attack anything that comes their way, but I admire them for their protective instincts. Goslings have a high mortality rate.
It's strange to see photos of unfrozen ponds in February ;)

Rurality said...

Jasmine thinks just about any poop is a tasty treat... yuck.

That's not a gator, it's the decoys! Too cold here for gators.

This pond DID have all those fish... until the otters found us. They ate them, every one. Well, almost. But very few are left. (We had one pond with all white catfish too!)

I find Canada Geese very handsome (Sparrows are not bad either!), but very messy too. A pair nested here not long after we moved in. Poor things were just a couple of days from hatching the eggs when something snuck in during the night... Mama and eggs were all gone the next morning. It was so sad. The male called and called for them, looking everywhere... heartbreaking.

These ponds did have some ice on them last year, but they haven't iced completely over since we've lived here.

vicki said...

Some of ours winter over and some don't. But the one's who don't are back- I saw huge flocks of them driving by the river today- perhaps lured by a decptively warm January. Now they are freezing. These guys are dirty and fiesty but I like them anyway. This picture reminded me of how much I liked Winged Migration. Very nice picture here.

lené said...

I like to think those are some of the ones I saw passing through last fall. :)

honk honk (reference to floridacracker's comment)

I Gallop On said...

Those are handsome visitors. And so dapperly dressed in grey and black.

Every autumn, my five African geese get this wild urge to fly. Our smallest, Reepicheep, makes it over the fence into the neighbors pasture again and again. I don't know how many times I've climbed over to rescue her and bring her back home.

I'm sure my little domesticated flock would be envious of the flight these marvelous wild geese have!

The MacBean Gene said...

Their "honking" came first and as I looked up on a cold clear night, a flock of geese, in formation, flew silhouetted against the full moon. A sight I'll never forget.

Rhodent said...

You have such a beautiful peice of property! I love the geese as well...

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

Nice photo really :-)

I like birds generally.

About Canada geese:
They usually come in whole big flocks and occupy the beaches and other lawns here in Sweden. That's OK, but they're leaving a lot of big, not so nice traces after them...
It's beginning to be a problem over here actually. We didn't have them in the past, so to start with every one was blaming the dogs... Don't know when they started show up in such a high amount or why.