Canada Geese on the Move

Mighty nice looking goose.
Coming in for a landing. Lower the landing gear.Touch down.

Off they go again. But, where do they go?

In North America there are four major flyways that birds use during migration: the Atlantic Flyway, the Pacific Flyway, the Mississippi Flyway and the Central Flyway. Geese gather in large flocks in “staging areas” before they start the long journey southward. Depending on where they have summered raising young, they may have to fly north, east or west to reach the staging area. That is why today, I saw Canada geese going across the border back into Canada.

Here are some winter shots taken March 8th 2011 at Niagara Falls State Park. I wonder if these geese ever left for their winter homes?

In October around here, the resident flocks are sometimes joined by migrating geese, making a very large flock. Often seen, the flock feeds mostly in open areas. They also visit ponds and lakes at this time, but do not stay at the waters, since feeding occurs in area fields, golf courses and parks. Canada Geese will return in spring to the location where they have nested most often, or where they learned to fly.

The geese at the beginning of the post are at the lake at the farm, where they were hatched. Most likely, we will see the same geese again, providing a hunter does not make them a trophy, or a car make them roadkill.

 It seems a difficult existence for them foraging in the snow, like below.They are not unlike the ducks that do not migrate, living off whatever handouts that park goers offer. If they just returned for Spring, they are a bit too early. 

Click “Geese” below to hear the loud noise they make. They are a noisy bunch.

Geese

What I See ‘On the Ground’

I see green, but not so much.

I see grayed, afternoon light filtering through the new flowers and bouncing off …..new verdant leaves.

Hellebore backed by boxwood is the brightest green in the snowy landscape.

I see  browned leaves of last year providing nourishment as they decay, and beauty as they let light through the thinning membrane …

of spent petals and faded leaves.

I see detail in life lived.

I see SNOW, but there are places where it has melted.

There are places yet touched by the sun.

I see color in a landscape devoid of much. But a wealth of texture abounds.

I see green lichen as a sign of Spring.

I see much in spite of the snow.

I see life all around, enjoying the snowy landscape.

Those that enjoy the nuts and those that can’t…..

And those that wish they waited to make a Spring appearance……

Both big and small.

Am I too subtle wishing for a little more green?

Thanks to Roses and Stuff for hosting ‘On the Ground’.