Haha...can't say we get urban Snows in California, at least not like you do. Looks like winter is coming...
Steve, It's a phenomenon that started a few years ago. They've become very comfortable hanging out in the schoolyards and parks in this city. People ask where to go see them. I point them to a local playground. A Richmondite is a person with Snow Goose poop on his/her shoes.
Weren't you doing some kind of snow geese schoolyard survey with your kid a while back?
Katie, Yes, two winters ago the geese did a lot of damage so he did his science project on them http://rockpaperlizard.blogspot.ca/2012/04/which-schoolyards-in-richmond-snow.htmlLast winter they weren't around as much. They wander quite a bit, depending on what I don't think anyone really knows.
Fenders are designed to fend off advances, whether fowl, foul weather, or mammalian. Useful things. Pretty dang jealous of you w/so many beautiful birdies chillin' nearby. I get to see them at a local national wildlife refuge in the winter, but always from afar. What a lovely commotion they make. =)
bb: It's the poop. Without fenders you're doomed to become befouled by the combinaton of goose poop and centrifugal force.Re your second point: I don't think many people realize how unique this phenomenon is. Here we pretty much have that lovely commotion (well said) in our back yards.
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