With spring now officially here, it’s much easier to believe that the warmth of the summer sun is just around the corner. I see friends and family beginning to plan their vacations and their miscellaneous summer activities. I see the advertisements for lawn care and other outdoor goods. Everyone’s mind is abuzz with the pleasant distractions typical of the season, but this time of year, for me, can mean only one thing: baby geese! Yes, I’m talking about those dirty yellow balls of fluff, marching single-file behind their proud, but highly alert, parents. In northeast Ohio, it’s mating season for waterfowl, and Canada Geese are plentiful.
I’ve already noticed them pairing off – swimming together in ponds and moseying around open stretches of grasslands (and manicured lawns), thinking about eggs and whatever else geese think of at this time of year.
If you live near Canada Geese, you may have strong feelings for them, and those feelings may not necessarily be admiration or even tolerance. But still, you can’t deny that there’s something about their babies that can make even a goose-weary landscape artist smile. Continue reading