If you live near just about any body of water in the Cincinnati area (or most of the U.S. for that matter), you’ve most likely seen some of Canada Geese. Actually, even if you don’t, you may have seen them flying above in a V-shaped formation, honking comically as they migrate to a warmer climate for the winter. I’ve come to associate that unmistakable honk with the arrival of autumn, as they never fail to serenade me from above year after year like a barrage of broken trumpets.
Above, I mentioned them migrating, but in many areas of North America (mostly the areas with more moderate winters), the Canada Goose has adapted to become non-migratory. This means they’ve made themselves comfortable and ain’t goin’ nowhere. A lot of places classify them as pests… almost like much prettier pigeons. I understand that people get annoyed by all the poop they leave around (LOTS) and all, but they have just as much right to be here as the rest of us and aren’t really hurting anything. Maybe I’m just uninformed or something, but that’s how I feel.
Here’s an interesting fact. Did you know that the Canada Goose in a monogamous bird? That’s right, once they’ve found a mate, they often stay together for their entire lives. That makes me smile. Maybe we can learn a thing or two from them before we shoo them off the golf courses and destroy their nests because they “poop too much”.
The ones pictured here were spotted at Eden Park in Mount Adams.