Skies are still a bit hazy from the wildfire smoke, but somehow the geese have found their way to the estuary. Many of these birds will move on further south, but many will stay for the winter, putting up with wind and rain, and possibly a day or two of snow. The farmers’ fields will provide food for them with leftover cobs of corn and grain seeds that have missed being harvested. In case of severe frost or snow, the geese have the estuary to find food as the salt water doesn’t freeze.
The arrival of the geese always tells me that summer is ending and the northern latitudes are cooling off already, driving the birds south.
For now, life is still comfortable for them and they chat and preen and enjoy the warm days and nights. Some stretch their wings while others preen their back and neck feathers. A few are resting, some are dabbling at the water’s edge, and the farthest one has his neck stretched up tall and alert. It’s like kiddies’ day at the beach.
Just before leaving, I snapped one more quick picture. When I got home I noticed that one of the geese was flying past the camera just by the tree on the left. Or was it? I zoomed in for a closer look. You can see it on the next photo.
Here, below, is the flying goose at the end of a skinny branch. It’s all dressed in leaves. Sure had me fooled.
Mrs. Goose is on the loose,
Chattering, she’s quite obtuse.
“There’s a party at the beach,
And I hear it’s out of reach.
Nobody will bother us,
We can honk and spit and cuss,
Holler loudly as we wish
And the place is one big dish.
Food aplenty ‘cross the way
in the fields where corncobs may
Still be lying on the ground,
Seeds are scattered all around.
People stop and look at us
But they’re harmless, make no fuss.
It’s just heaven being here
Even though the winter’s near.”
“Honkin’ right,” the gander said.
“Still some pleasant days ahead.”
“Watch your language, Gander Dear,
Bloggers won’t approve, I fear.”
Gander stretches out his wings,
Rolls his eyes and up he springs.
Goosey scurries, much impressed,
Goes to give her mouth a rest.