Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Hallelujah, they're back!

There is certainly not much for them to eat, but the first big flocks of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) have arrived and taken up residence in soggy, windswept farm fields and along local waterways.

At sunset this week, the long "v" shapes of returning skeins trailed across the sky, one after another.  The birds were magnificently silhouetted against the setting sun and drifting clouds, and their homecoming songs could be heard for quite a distance. After dark, skies have been clear for the most part, and conditions for night flying have been perfect.  The first thing I hear in the morning when I open my eyes is joyous honking, and it is music to my ears.

It is still rather cold here, but it doesn't matter a fig or a twitter or a honk or a hoot - the great geese are home, and warmer, brighter times are on the way.

5 comments:

Barbara Rogers said...

If the sun is setting in the west, these geese are flying south...IMHO

Marsha Sprague said...

Smiling as I read this. 🙂

kerrdelune said...

Barbara, Indeed, the geese were heading south and plunked themselves down in a corn field by the Carp river. I have seen several flocks headed in the same direction this week. Things must still be frozen further north.

SQ. said...

perfect image

christinalfrutiger said...

What a beautiful photo!