I am not a huge fan of the Goose.
I have nothing against them directly....but to be honest- they scare me.
When I venture around the lake in town I`m always careful to stay out of their way- especially when they have goslings. The hissing that ensues as I pass by strikes terror in me every time.
I think I feel similar to passing a hissing goose- as I would a bear:
Do I make eye contact....
Do I run...
Do I back up slowly....
From a distance they are beautiful and I never tire of watching them...especially when they have those babies with them and they all swim by in a Family row:)
This time of year sends hundreds of them over our house- south of course.
The sound is incredible.....and on a day when they all decide to fly out
I always hope I`m around to look and listen.
It`s beautiful, and puts a ``sad for seasons gone by``feeling in me.
Some facts about the Goose:
An adult goose eats up to 4lbs. of grass a day.
Life span can reach 24 years.
Geese generally return to their same nesting and birth place every year.
Migratory geese flight range 2 – 3 thousand miles
Geese mate for life and will stay together during all seasons.
(And my favorite fact about geese....)
According to theoretical calculations, birds flying in the "V" formation can fly about 10 percent farther than a lone bird can, while expending the same amount of energy.
The birds function more efficiently in a group working together.
We could learn from these
honking (hissing) creatures.