It's official. Spring is here.
This morning I saw the first group of Canada geese flying north over
By the time the snow melts, there'll be tens of thousands of them flying
north over the city.
There's a huge wetland marsh located due north of Winnipeg. It's about
14 square miles of wetlands that are ideally suited for ducks and geese
to nest and breed. It's called Oak Hammock Marsh, and it's said that
ducks and geese that are born there will return to that same marsh the
following spring to nest and breed with other ducks and geese. So, that
marsh is like a duck and goose factory.
My understanding is that the Oak Hammock Marsh gets a lot of the money
it needs to operate from Ducks Unlimited, and Ducks Unlimited is really
the duck hunters of Canada and the USA. So, having that huge wetland
north of Winnipeg helps ensure a large and healthy duck and goose
population in North America.
They have a hiking trail through Oak Hammock marsh, and I've hiked it,
but it's only open in the fall when the young ducks and goslings have
already taken wing. I guess they're concerned about people disrupting
the ducks and geese during the mating season in the late spring and
'About Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre'
Hell, not even seen any coming back across here on the central flyway in
SW KS. There's Cheyenne Bottoms in W Central KS that's the stopover
We'd just as soon there were a few less, frankly. They're mostly a
I did spook a pair of mallards from the cedars the other morning when
went out to continue the tumbleweed cleanup. What they were doing here
when we've had no measurable precip and no puddles in two months is
anybody's guess...I've not seen them but the one morning.
The robins have been back in various numbers for several weeks, now,
though...as well as the flickers, another early returner here.
and land in corn fields just east of us. We had some robins come early
and I think they wondered why. Quite a few now along with the
flickers,nuthatches,chickadee and junco and finches. Wed have the
woodpeckers also but I feed the year round and have heated waters, the
robins are always on the waters I think for the heat.
this winter they lost access to virtually ANY open water even in the
Urban space - but they are back now crapping all over everything. Just
when I don't need to shovel the office sidewalk for snow, I need to
start shovelling all the goose crap!!!!!!
I used to love to goose hunt but Canada's started getting sparse and
daily limit went from 4 down to 1 with shorter season. We were not
allowed to shoot snows but now they overrun the marshes here in Delaware
and there is practically no limit. Most of the Canada geese now in the
state are resident. As Oren points out elsewhere they can be a PITA on
golf courses and business sites.
A lot of them hang around here too, which leads to a little conflict.
Ospreys build large, if messy, nests and seem to prefer powerpoles. Maybe
they need to recharge their cellphones or something. The power company puts
up dummy poles with platforms to try to lure them away from the hot ones.
Anyway, the osprey pack their bags and head for California winters and get
back usually later this month. Foxes don't climb power poles, so the geese
like nests up on poles. They're here before the osprey show, so they move
in. The osprey come back, glare at the squatter in their former nest, and go
build another one. I've never caught the act, but when the goose decides the
goslings are big enough to do gosling things, she rolls them over the side
of the nest. They bounce a few times when they hit ground but most survive.
Then the goose flies down and leads them off to the river.
To add insult to injury, the local baseball team is called the Ospreys and
there was an osprey nest behind the centerfield fence so fans could watch
the osprey cavort during the more boring parts of the game. (all nine
innings, imnsho). Frigging goose moved into that nest last year too.
So, if the OP wants geese, I'll draw the damn things a map and send them on
This pair has their own reality show. I'll have to check out the pole down
by the river. I'd seen a goose scouting it out a couple of weeks ago, but
there wasn't much nest left. Geese don't do any property upkeep or home
repair after they take a nest over. I saw something sitting on the platform
yesterday but just the head. My naked eyes weren't enough to tell what it
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