January 26, 2012

Late Winter confusing the geese

Milo, the finest goose in the world.
It's still Spring in New York state. The problem with this is that it's January 26th. This shouldn't be, and it's confusing the geese.

The poor guys are waiting for their cue to migrate but it never comes. I've noticed over the years that the first snowfall doesn't drive them away. They needs lots of convincing. But this year they're not getting it.

We had one weird, early snow in October and one light snow recently. Mind you, it got very cold with the second snowfall. The whole pond froze -- and there were children ice-skating on the surface, much to my horror. It had just been 45 degrees the day before. You do not go ice skating unless the temperature has been below freezing for three or more days. Then it's solid. Luckily, they were light, skinny kids so none of them went under.

Anyway, back to the geese. They're acting oddly. Lots of fights within the flock and between flocks (there are two here at the moment). Milo's doing his best to keep order but I think he's feeling stress over the climate situation. It's just not normal. And when he finally takes the flock south (if and when Winter arrives), the season that greets him there will be a bit off too, because of the odd timing.

Climate change is going to affect all of us in the end. This is just a precursor event, rippling through the geese world.

Republished to fix tags. Blogger has this idiotic auto-insert thing going on for tags. It's always putting irrelevant tags into documents. Aaaargh!

1 comment:

Artichoke Annie said...

I'm glad you wrote of the geese, I think of them often and wonder if they have left yet. Maybe they have just grown fond of home and don't want to leave. But the bickering among the geese tells me they might be beginning to take on human characteristics. Thanks for the update.