Honk Honk Honk

First and most important, thanks to all who commented on my brother-in-law’s death yesterday. I know that the GG and his family greatly appreciate your comments.

Just because I have the iBird app on my iPhone and have been known to engineer an outing to watch the songbird migration at Magee Marsh doesn’t mean I’m a birder. (Okay, that little expotition involved the GG and me so not much actual organizing involved.) I am not a birder. I think I’ve written about that before. I’m not sure exactly why I’m not a birder. I am certainly nerdy/geeky enough to be one. Lists and data bases and all that stuff. When it comes to nature, I think that I sort of prefer to experience it as a whole. That doesn’t mean that I don’t occasionally get side-tracked by some detail or other.

But today, a bunch of us old bags on my work’s Geriatric Team decided toward the end of today to schedule an impromptu meeting. We didn’t need to reserve a conference room. Our meeting was scheduled to be outside. My boss just waved his hand in the air at us. “Get outta here, I can’t herd cats.” Or something like that. So, we were walking along down by the pond and there were Mr. and Mrs. Goose. Big as life. Honking up a storm. Staking out their nesting area. I could only get so close.

The geese actually returned yesterday. Yes. Yesterday. I wish I had noted the date that they left last fall but I didn’t. Even though I saw them leave then. Some of them. They don’t all leave. Anyway, they’re back. I have worked in my office for over two years now and I often walk the nature trail at lunch and, during the last year, I actually started to understand the life cycle of the Canada Goose. I will never be a true birder and I know that Canada Geese may not be the most interesting birds to study, since they are all over everywhere and can be regarded as a nuisance. But I think I have watched the whole cycle now. Although, I didn’t note when they arrived last year. Sigh.

3 Responses to “Honk Honk Honk”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I love birds and could be a birder too, except that I’m not interested in studying and learning all about each type of bird. I admire them without wanting to bore anyone with facts. Or am I just too lazy?

  2. Tonya Says:

    We’re “Harstine Is. Birders.” (And I have iBird, too! Just the west coast version). I’m sure Real Authentic Birders would mock us, but we have become quite educated with the birds that grace us with their presence at Harstine. Looking very forward to seeing the finches arrive.

  3. Kathy Farnell Says:

    Our geese came back this week too! We have 2 families that live in the area. Each spring, when the baby geese hatch, the two families bring their little geese together to mingle. It is so cute to watch them even though they turn our yard and my next door neighbors yard into a poopy mess!