Saturday Snapshot May 30: Of Birds and Men

Living adjacent to a Provincial Park, I’m always amazed at how tolerant and adaptable the birds are towards our human intrusions. Birds and men co-exist considerably well in my neck of the woods:


There’s even a vague resemblance between birds and man-made structures like in this photo, The Great Blue Heron and the Light Post:

GBH and the Light Post

And then there are the Canada Geese, who aren’t shy and actually quite imposing, never observe right of way’s, and never keep their voices down in public places. Since some of you in response to my previous Saturday Snapshot post were surprised that Canada Geese nest in tree trunks, here are a couple more photos for you. People just walk or bike by below these trees, as the Geese give birth to their young just above their heads; no, not in the water. How can you build a nest in the water anyway?

From afar, the Goose at her nest:

Canada Goose Nesting

At the doorstep:

Can Goose

Of course, you’ll see them in the water once the Goslings are big enough. Here is a family outing:

Geese Family

Goslings and mom


4 Gosslings

Here’s a picture of co-existence in harmony… the sailboat was in close proximity to the Geese family, yet both parties took a nonchalant attitude, doing their own thing:


Of Men and Geese


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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

30 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot May 30: Of Birds and Men”

  1. I saw Canada geese with their little goslings this week also … made me a nervous wreck, as the geese parents had corralled their goslings and were nesting them in a damp ditch by the side of the road that was running right along an area pond. I can only theorize that they wanted them away from the snapping turtles in the pond. Still … so near the traffic of the road … strange!


    1. Susan,

      That’s certainly a risky choice for the mom. I only see our Geese in the park and not in the midst of busy traffic. Seems that they do know which areas are safest. Thanks for stopping by the pond and throwing in your two pebbles. 😉


  2. We have the geese here and whenever I see them going across the road (especially with their babies) – I just freak out until they are all safely on the other side!
    Love the picture of the bluejay! I really like those birds – even though they are so noisy! LOL!

    Linda in VA


    1. Linda,

      O my, your Geese too, like Susan’s. The Bluejay is my faves, not the Geese. But it’s definitely quite a sight to see the whole family in the quiet water together on babies’ day out.


  3. The Canada Geese were chasing golfers off the golf course down here… Our ‘fellow Canadians’ could care less about the Canadian people’s reputation for being quiet and less aggressive! LOL!


    1. Michelle,

      That’s definitely something I haven’t seen before, Geese chasing golfers off the course. Good they are so assertive, we need to strengthen our image a bit, don’t you think? 😉


  4. The little goslings are adorable. What a sweet family. I saw some ducklings this week, and they came very close, although the mother duck clearly had her eye on all that was going on.


  5. Those are wonderful photos of the geese, Arti. And Mr. Bluejay has “that air” about him: haughty, perhaps. I like the parallel you drew between the heron the the light post, too. When we were kids in art class, that “V” always was the way we represented birds.


    1. Linda,

      You know, the Bluejay is one of my faves and they are not so easily found in our woods although their calls are more prominent than their sightings. Glad I found this beautiful one. And yes, you’ve reminded me we used to draw birds with a “V’s” as children. What a delightful thought. 😉


    1. They are very noisy in the woods and fight to protect their nests. But in the water, they seem to change into a much quieter mode. Seeing them with their young can melt one’s heart.


  6. Did you name this article after the novel Of Mice and Men? Sorry I just thought of that when I read it 😛 Also weird I never knew geese nest in trees.

    – Linking over from Saturday Snapshots


    1. Sarah,

      Yes, that was on my mind. As for the Geese, I think they nest wherever is safest for them, a little secluded would be best. So, hollowed out tree trunks would be perfect.


  7. I have to say the geese-in-trees thing surprised me, too, since the one on my Ditch pond built a nest at the shore. Those Canada geese we see at the lake are very social, coming up on the beach maybe a little more often than we’d like — goose poop isn’t exactly fun! But they’re awfully pretty and I love seeing them move across the lake in perfect formation, whether they are in the water or flying overhead!


    1. Jeanie,

      Does your pond have hollowed out tree trunks nearby? If not, then maybe the next best thing is a quiet spot by the shoreline. I admit I’m partial to the Goslings. The adult Geese are everywhere so we tend to take them for granted, but seldom do we see a family outing with the young ones. I adore their colour and fluffy down.


    1. linnetmoss,

      They do look like toddlers just learning to walk. But of course, they are much more skillful than we human. Why, even the youngest ones know how to swim and waddle. 😉

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    1. nikkipolani,

      Their motor skills are just right for their movement… waddling and swimming, and finding food on their own by dipping their heads into the water. There were two Geese families there.


  8. Fun! Geese aren’t always so nonchalant though. I got hissed at by a big papa goose who had his brood right next to the bike path I was on. I moved as far over as I could but I was a little concerned he might decide to come at me!


  9. Great post Arti- it is interesting how we and the birds can get along. I don’t think I knew where Canada geese nested. Do their goslings jump out when they’re very young? I guess they have to. There’s great footage of American Wood Duck ducklings jumping out of their nest at one day old in Duckumentary.


    1. Louise,

      That’s a good question! I really don’t know how the young ones get down from so high up, maybe that’s their first lesson in flying. 😉


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