1. rq says

    Last week I caught the crane congregating in large, lazy circles right above our house. Autumn is (almost) here.

  2. says

    Ooh, a crane. We just watched a pelican flying overhead. Gonna be a while until I get a post up, the signal is poor, and I have to charge the wireless unit, too. And we need to go in search of food.

  3. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Saw a small flock of geese patrolling the park next to the near-by hospital Sunday. Hopefully, they continue their way south.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    Marcus Ranum @ 4

    Don’t know about Canada geese, but barnacle geese are like horses, only with less efficient digestion, generating a lot of gross domestic product. However gulls are masters of aerial bombardment. I recently saw one letting it loose while doing a sweeping banked turn. Part of the GDP landed on two women before I was able to warn them.

  5. Ice Swimmer says

    Do the Canada geese make creaking noises when they’re flying low/after take-off? The barnacle geese do, in the same rhythm as they’re flapping their wings.

    While the goose poo is somewhat inconvenient and abundant in the summer, I don’t find wild geese all that annoying, it’s fun to follow their antics and nearly constant eating (OK, they do preen, brood and rest, but it seems most of the time you see them is spent on the grass or in shallow water, munching away) from a respectful distance (shorter for barnacle geese, greater for Canadians). The barnacle geese seem to monogamous and a bit jealous of their spouses, using verbal attacks and lunging against interloping geese.

  6. rq says

    Ice Swimmer
    Canada geese also generate a lot |(A LOT) of gross domestic product, and they don’t particularly discriminate about where to leave it lying around. Sort of an annual carpet-bomb affair, particularly bad if your usual walking path coincides with one of their gathering/rest points.
    And I don’t know about take-off, but they have a constant cry while flying. So do the cranes, which are far spookier.

    I’ve heard stories about gulls. :/

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