Thursday, October 2, 2008

On the move.

Lately there have been moderately-sized flocks (50-125 birds) of Canada Geese flying over the city.

They too have discovered the man-made pond at Garden City Park, and are gathering there in large numbers. (If you dig it, they will come). There is a small, resident group, now invisible within the migrant influx.

These are wary birds, not accustomed to camera-wielding humans and, worse, dogs.


Many Canada Geese winter in the parks and airports of the Lower Mainland of BC. Large numbers continue westward to spend winter months on the central west coast of Vancouver Island (Tofino area) (Campbell et al., 1990).

People, of course, complain about the goose poop. Hah. They ain’t seen nothin’ yet. It’s early October, and the Lesser Snow Geese have started to arrive. And we all remember what happened last year.


Reference

Campbell, R.W., N.K. Dawe, I. McTaggart-Cowan, J.M. Cooper, G.W. Kaiser and M.C.E.McNall. 1990. The Birds of British Columbia. Vol. 1. UBC Press. 8 million pp.

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