Wednesday, February 08, 2006
The Story Of The Geese
Mine Mom said the geese flew over the house in a great V formation, honking loudly the other day. I am looking for them. You can see the nest at the tip of my right ear.
This is what she tells me about them:
"The geese of the State of Winter are returning on tired wings (or, did they not even go South, but stay by the big lake to spend the season?) They are coming back to the land that raised them, staking their claim. The strongest will win out, the prize--the nest. They will fight each other, brother against brother, their mates waiting silently. They were close, as yellow babies, and all the while growing up.....but now, they are enemies, fighting for the right to use the nest their mother hatched them in two years ago. The frozen pond will be littered with feathers, carried away by the wind. This battle will go on until the waters open, the trillums bloom, and the trees begin to leaf out. A victor will emerge, claim the nest, and for 28 days following the last egg laid, mom goose will stay on the nest (except for short spurts to feed.) If we are lucky, we will see the babies jump into the icy water, never to return to the nest.....until they, as adults, decide to stake a claim. Over the spring and early summer they will grow, amazingly fast, to become as large as their parents in 6 - 8 weeks!" They will leave their calling card all over our lawn, chase Mistrie if she gets too close, and march back and forth across the highway to where they spend their nights in the open field, coming back every morning. Cars come to a stop and watch the parade (as many as 22, three different families.) Then, as suddenly as they appear, they disappear...back to the lake? We don't know for sure, but they are always welcome in The Big Piney Woods Pond."
I shall keep on watching for them.