World Migratory Bird Day

Today is World Migratory Bird Day, so it's the perfect time to share some photos of some migratory birds I saw on a walk to the park this past week.

First, a bit about WMBD. 
It's "... an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats."

There are several events happening in my state, although none in my area, and all virtual out of necessity due to COVID-19 precautions.

This flock of Canada geese was grazing on the lawn in the park.  Canada geese particularly love the new sprouting grass after a lawn is mowed!  That's why it's common to see them on golf courses.  


I didn't try to get very close to them, as I had Mickey with me, and didn't want to scare them away with a dog.  Actually, it was Mickey who was a bit scared of them!  "What are those?  They are HUGE!" 
 
First his tail went up (interest), then the hair down his back came up (with him that means fear not aggression). 
 
 
The hair fell, as he threw himself down on the grass...

 
...to decide the better part of valor was to ignore the worrisome sight and pretend the grass over here was so much more interesting!

 
 
So, along comes a neighborhood woman and her dog.  She purposely heads off the path directly toward the geese, causing them to fly off.  I then saw her dog eat something off the grass, then roll.  I hope it was goose poo, of which they flock had left plenty!  


Canada Geese are migratory birds, and protected under the Migratory Bird Protection Act (first entered into with the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Russia in 1918, and since amended).  Some Canada geese travel thousands of miles annually from their summer breeding grounds to where they winter.  Others migrate very little, and have become accustomed to remaining in suburban areas with mild winters.  There are provisions in the law allowing landowners or governmental agencies to file permits to destroy nests if there is a problem. Otherwise, these are protected birds. 

We had a cute little flock of mothers and babies last spring that unfortunately decided the big puddle (formed from sprinklers watering the lawn near the road at the mill) was a perfect place to bring their families daily.  They babies would squeeze through the chainlink fence, and they'd spend the day waddling the grass and dipping in the puddle.  Sadly, a few ventured too far into the road, were hit and killed. I hope they found a new place to raise their babies this year.

A couple flew over this morning.  Mickey looked up and watched them until they were out of sight! 



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  1. I just love the way Mickey stretches out like that, it's adorable. It's cute that he was afraid of the geese too.

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    1. I'm taking it slow with him, since he was owned by someone else from 7 weeks to over 5 months old. If he's worried I just let him look and do what he wants, no pushing. In fact, in his class they had an exercise where with a bicycle to get them used to seeing them. He's a worrier. The stretching out is cute, and very, very long. Fine unless he's on the bed, the wrong way!

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  2. Oh no, keep Mickey away from them. We have some Canadian geese that have their chicks in our condo complex. They are downright hostile. My landlady's dog barks at anything and everything. She (the dog) went after the geese a couple years ago, barking and such. The goose fought back. Now the dog is afraid of the geese. (Well, we all are. They hiss and make threatening moves. I avoid them, too.)

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