Thursday, April 11, 2013

They're Baaaaack!

While driving through south-central Alberta the other day, Mickey and I had to stop on the side of the road, grab out cameras, and take pictures of this welcome event.

The Canada Geese are back...hundreds, maybe thousands of them, are arriving in Alberta daily, looking for ponds and lakes.  This one was next to a secondary road so it was easy for us to see them.  The pond is still iced over, except for an open spot in the middle.


When they heard our car doors close, most of them took to the air, amidst a great cacophony of honking and flapping wings and noise.


So now we had geese swimming in the water, walking on the ice, and flying in the sky.  Very versatile birds


The braver ones held their ground and enjoyed the uncrowded pond for awhile.


Beautiful birds, harbingers of spring and of winter.  If the government had decided to put a Canada goose on our one dollar coin instead of the Loon, would we call said coin a Goosie instead of a Loonie?  Something to think about...or not.

Enjoy spring.

8 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

LOVE hearing the geese fly by or see them out on our lake. What a sight seeing them all take off at once.

TARYTERRE said...

PS) I LOVE the word LOONIE. GOOSIE not so much.

Snaggle Tooth said...

I live on Cape Cod, MA. We have Canadian geese all year round at the cove I see daily out my kitchen window. They have chicks here too. We have sea Loons also. I call the geese "Gonk-Gonks"

Not that many ever tho- Mostly small groups n pairs.

Oh yeah, Annie sent me!

Mickey said...

It truly wasa site to see and the sound! Never heard that much noise from them ever! So glad we got to see them and get pictures. I was surprised that we frightened them weren't you? They don't fly away from us at Hawrelak Park!

Bev said...

Those birds are as dumb as me...coming back north:))))

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Nice to see you have some signs of Spring there. Thankfully we are seeing some signs here too! Hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

Spring !!!

Granny Annie said...

I'm pretty sure they flew over my house on their way:)