Monday, February 20, 2012

Feathered Visitors

We had our first snowfall of 2012 last night. It didn't amount to much, but it was beautiful. Now it's melting in the sunshine and warmth of the afternoon.

Snow always brings a change in food gathering for area birds. Since their food is covered, they have no problem seeking out our bird feeders for a little fuel. And across the street, the Canada geese (I was told by a Canadian that their proper name is Canada geese and only Americans call them Canadian geese) decided to take a stroll away from the small lake conquering new territory, depositing their droppings along the way.
These geese are wild and rather camera shy, but they cooperated a little. What I found amusing is that as I approached them, they slowly began walking back to the lake (guess they knew I wasn't going to jump in). But as some began getting in the water, a swan started swimming quickly toward them. There were no aggressive movements, but this swan proudly began swimming back and forth along the edge of the lake and every single "Canada" goose got out of the water quickly. Guess one swan can still intimidate 20 geese.  Maybe size does matter.

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