Saturday, September 5, 2009

Camera Critters

There is a dry-cleaners that we go to with rather a large man-made pond next to it. When we parked on our last trip I looked up the path and saw the large flock of Canada Geese next to the busy road. Normally you find them over the burn on the pond side.

They have been coming here for years.

In the Springtime they bring their babies to learn how to swim and it is a delightful sight to see so many individual families with their broods. No one ever bothers them. I'm not sure if it is the same flock that arrives right on schedule after the winter months but we have become quite attached to them, and it is one of the reasons why we find coming to this particular dry-cleaner so appealing.

I walked up the path to say hello and to take a few photographs. They don't generally mind me being there, though I am always careful not to get too close.

I counted them and there were at least 45, all in no hurry to go anywhere until the colder months tell them to take off for warmer climes. One of my favorite sights and sounds is to see them flying overhead in formation and to hear them honking as they go. You can almost imagine the one on point saying, "Come on Mildred, come on Bill, pick it up in the rear" and if I have time and I usually make time, I watch them until they disappear out of sight.

Camera Critters is another wonderful meme created by Misty Dawn and hosted by Misty and Tammy. You can find other critter photos by clicking here.

31 comments:

Cloudia said...

Thanks for this reunion with the friends of my heart! They are may favourites too. I grew up under the great eastern flyway and learned to yearn and dream as they honked above like celestial bells.

Our Hawaii state bird, the Nene goose is descended from canada geese! What a journey that must have been!

I love your blog. It is always rich and makes me want to make my own better. Today's post put me over the moon. Thank you, Sister


Aloha

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Sunny said...

That's quite a gaggle of geese! Great pictures, especially the last one.
Sunny :)

Kay said...

Now that is a whole lot of Canadian geese, I must say. They used to be a problem for the golf courses in Illnois. They were so much fun to watch though.

Roy said...

Hi Denise. They are real characters Canada Geese.

Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

Whoa! Them a lot of geese... LOL.
I'm not used to seeing them waddle so freely around as that but it does make me giggle!
I imagine the locals feed them well otherwise they would not stay around as they do...
Great post! =)

JJ said...

Loved that post and your fab fotos.
JJ

J said...

Great photos, you've really captured them well. I wonder if the dry cleaner knows about his avian marketing device! ;)

Martha in PA said...

I enjoy seeing Canadian geese as well. We had a flock that lived on a pond behind us when I was growing up. Every year we enjoyed watching the babies. They can be messy though! Goose poop is big!

My Camera Critters

Anya said...

So many Canadian geese
are lovely to see :)
So wonderful pictures !!

Eve said...

What a gaggle!!

jabblog said...

I love geese! If I hear them flying overhead I rush to the window or outside - depending on the time of day - and glory in their wildness. Such incredible beings - instinctive - would that we could 'tune in' to our natural instincts. Their call is wonderful, atavistic even. If I were to be cast away on a desert island a recording of geese would be one of my choices. Great shots Denise!

sunnymama said...

That's a lot of geese! Great pictures :)

imac said...

Great Goosy shot.

Carletta said...

We've seen more here this summer than normal. Large flocks as well.
I saw a formation flying last evening. Not all of ours will leave. We have a tiny few that winter over.
Great shots!

Carletta’s Captures.

Willard said...

A very interesting post. We used to only see geese flying overhead during the spring and fall migrations, but now we also have a sizable flock that remains all year.

Margaret Cloud said...

Great pictures, I like watching them. Over where my sister lives, there is a causeway, with water between the two roads, these birds come in flocks every year and have their young. Have a great Sunday.

mommanator said...

I've been hearing them overhead too, my dog doesnt understand their noise and barks after them

tricia said...

I only recently discovered a waterway in town where they hang out and then wander out into the park on the grounds of our city hall. They are interesting for sure. Great shots Denise.

chicamom85 said...

Very nice pictures.

Anne and Sasha

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Very very lucky models. I love their greyish shade of a colour too! Honk! Honk!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

I love to see Canada Geese too Denise. We get them here and they particularly seem to like being close to one of the golf courses near here. A x

diane said...

They are lovely big fat geese. I don't think we get Canadian Geese here.There are so many of them it would be a lovely sight to see them fly in formation and honking.Thanks for letting me experience this.

Cezar and Léia said...

ohmigod, was it a kind of invasion?!
LOL
Hello Denise, adorable post as usually!
Happy Camera Critters
Purrs and love always!
Luna

Larry D said...

Great series of photos, we have some of these geese that stay all year and some that stop on their way south.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

How kewl ... a goose convention ;--)
We have a few parks with large ponds where a variety of fowl congregate like this. It's great fun to sit and watch them isn't it.
Hugs and blessings,

i beati said...

how much fun is this sandy

Kay said...

We have Danadian Geese down here in SoCal and there is this one area where I walk that they hang out all the time. They are so fun to watch and I love it when they all take off in their "V" formation.

Kay

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Wow, that's a lot of geese !
Aren't they just lovely, I can see why you are attached to them ;)

Janie said...

That's quite a flock to find all in one place. How nice that they don't mind you walking among them with your camera!

eileeninmd said...

Nice pictures, they do like to hang in big groups.

Denise said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments, always appreciated and I have enjoyed your visits.