Saturday, December 30, 2017


A few weeks ago, we saw a tri-colored heron on the pond in our complex and wondered if it had followed us from the island. A couple of days later, Canadian geese flew in and rested on the pond a day or two while the heron was still there. Then everyone left.

"Maybe he was their tour guide," I suggested. "Maybe he came up to take them to their winter home."

We laughed heartily at the idea.

Then, a week or so later, we spotted the heron again. "He's back," I said. "Maybe he's escorting another group south."

Sure enough, the next day more geese flew in, rested up, and flew out. The heron left, too.

"Hmmm," I said, not laughing as much.

Finally, a different group came in. They hung around until...

Sure enough, the tri-color heron flew in, and a day later the pond was empty.

After that, we were sure the heron was in charge of herding travelers down to their winter home.

But now we have a group of geese who came in and settled on our pond before Christmas. Here's part of them.

There's been no sign of the heron and I suspect it's way too cold for him. The geese, however, continue to swim on the pond. I think that without their guide, they're lost.

If the heron doesn't show up and they have to stay here for the winter, I feel sorry for them. We;ve had lows in the thirties, forecast to be in the teens for a day or so. This is a far cry from south Georgia or Florida.

Oh well. They should have been on time like the other geese. Tour guides are busy people and can't afford to wait around for clients who aren't punctual!


  1. Canada geese do tend to do okay for themselves if they've got open water. We don't see them here during the winter, mostly, but last winter there was one that stayed, hung out with ducks at a spot that always stays open. He or she got through the winter just fine.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Good to know! We've had ice on our pond for several days but the geese are still here. Of course, numerous people are feeding them!

  2. Best post ever !
    So very clever. Hope your Geese will be fine.

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

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    1. They visited us when we lived on the lake. Geese poop all over our boat dock! We weren't so happy about them!


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