Friday, November 24, 2006

Barnyard refugees?


Two pairs of snowy white geese with what seemed to be their gawky adolescent offspring greeted us in Madison's Vilas Park this afternoon. We thought they might be snow geese who had migrated in with the large flock of Canadian geese in the park, but a quick look in the bird book when we got home established they were domestic geese (snow geese have black primaries, and their beak is not as orange). Which we sort of suspected, since they were not at all shy, approached us quite boldly and seemed to be demanding to be fed.

They're not migratory, of course, but maybe they heard on the avian grapevine about what was happening to the turkeys and were taking refuge in a safe place during the holidays.

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