3/16/2008

Ottawa River Goose

(Toledo, OH) The flooded waters of the Ottawa River must have seemed inviting to the flock of Canadian geese that congregated near the golf course the other day. Golfers, of course, tend to detest the appearance of waterfowl in and around the links, but I have always enjoyed the sight and sound of a gaggle of geese on a spring afternoon.

I have seen numerous V-formations of southbound geese in recent weeks, which suggests that the arrival of spring may indeed be here. To me, there are few natural experiences that can compare with the plaintive honking of an impressive-sized wave of geese passing overhead, both in terms of the sonic blast and of the way these birds can maintain position in the aerial choreography.

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