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Battle Stations

All photos taken during our 4.6 km (3 mile) walk to Four Seasons Park and back on April 5, 2022.

The forecast had been calling for rain and a rain/snow mix, starting at 4:00 PM yesterday, but not much of that appeared. However, the promised NW winds gusting to 50 k/h (31 m/h) did appear and had been howling since a quarter past “why can’t I get to sleep” last night.

To say it was windy was an understatement. It blew the caws right off the crows (I smile here as I detest these black miscreants). Our route took us South first and the walking was wind assisted. We knew we would be in for it when we headed North to go home, but kept on anyway. Part way there, we stopped to look at the catkins forming on a poplar tree. Yup, spring was on the way.

not pussy willows, but close
I forgot to mention that it was not a blue sky day

Along the way, flocks of honking Canada Geese were on the wing, on the water (still mostly ice) and staking out their claim to a nesting area on the island in Don Sparrow Lake. Things were tame when we arrived, as the geese walked around sheepishly wondering where the good weather had gone. I know, right??

I kind of like this spot….it has a great water view
Help, I’m frozen to the ice and I can’t get up, call the life goose
Leave early and we will get a good spot, you said, the lake will be melted off and the air will be warm, you said. I’m not moving another step.
I was told our arrival would make quite the splash…yeah, right!
Geese trying to puzzle out why the ice was still on the lake

But as we neared the small island, the action heated up considerably. Canada Geese getting ready to nest are very territorial. It was “first come, first served” and woe betide any gander and goose showing up late and looking for a vacancy.

The goose would stay put on the island and the gander would fly at the interlopers, driving them away with much hissing, flapping and honking. Yikes, and humans think the housing market is tough these days.

I’m just gonna tidy up the place a bit. You make sure the neighbours don’t drop in unannounced.
What do mean, What’s the password? Nobody told me about a password.
and another one leaves
How many times do I have to tell you, we don’t need a vacuum cleaner. Don’t come back.
There are competing bids on this nest.
I don’t know what they were so angry about. I heard it was an Open House.
Sneak attack. I’m just gonna stand here, maybe he won’t see me.
Gary Gander’s housing loan is declined.
We’ll just have to settle for the suburbs, dear.
Ooooh, this place has a really nice pool.
Yup, I could really get to like it here.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

17 thoughts on “Battle Stations

    1. Thanks Luisa. We walked down there again yesterday and I fear that avian flu has decimated this year’s gosling hatch. We only saw two families of goslings rather than the usual goslings, goslings everywhere. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Geese are always honest in their responses, if they do not like something that is happening. We are going to take a bike ride around the city tomorrow and check out the other ponds to see if there are more goslings. I really hope there are a few more of them around. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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    1. Thanks John. We enjoy seeing what the birds are doing. This time of year can be hazardous for anyone foolish enough to come to close. Hope your week goes well. Thanks for reading. Allan


    1. We enjoy watching the antics of these birds, as long as we are not on the receiving end of their wrath. They are fiercely protective of their home and nest and whether we are on foot or on bike, we always give them time to move or we turn around. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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    1. We have a saying in our house…There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. We do our best to get out in all conditions. Thanks for reading Ann. Allan

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