So well camouflaged, I spotted our Canada Goose couple in the pasture this morning. Last night I watched them as they circled the farm before landing for the night.
I know that in many places Canada Geese are seen as a nuisance. But even when I lived on Long Island, where they crowded golf courses and nested on the sides of parkways, I loved to hear them as they flew overhead, a sound of the wild in that man-made world.
In High School, I used to lunch with them.
The school bordered a park and I would take my lunch to one of the park benches, preferring to be alone outside, to eating in the cafeteria. I’d throw them pieces of my cheese sandwich and they learned to come when they saw me.
We get lots of geese flying over the farm. There’s a lake to the north of us and marsh and a cornfield they spend the night in to the south. But this couple is the only one that nests on the farm.
Canada Geese are so ubiquitous, I never though about them much, other than enjoying seeing and hearing them. But having this couple nesting on the farm makes me want to learn more about them.