Except - Canada geese are too smart for that! They don't migrate any more! Like many people who pass through this part of the world on a brief vacation, they were attracted to the beaches, the seafood, the fields and marshes... and they have stayed. They used to spend winters further south, summers back home. No longer. Even the Long Island winters are tropical compared to those of their native habitat. (Long Island Duck: Look, two inches of snow! Canada Goose: Yah, and your point is?) And our summers? When Jimmy Buffett, bard of paradise found, bought a home out here, the geese felt their decision to become year-round residents was validated.
And so now, every autumn, every spring, they go up in the air, form the V, one wing longer than the other, squawk like European ambulances, and go right back down where they were 5 minutes ago. Our Canadian neighbors are now our Canadian next-door neighbors.
The wild ducks were once passing strangers, and they too have stayed. They're not the chubby Long Island duck that gets roasted but only for people you really love (messes up the oven beyond belief). They're a mixed set of fowl, some prettier than others. They also mark the changing of the seasons by forming Vs and landing again. Their Vs are not as dramatic as those of the geese, but they have the pretty habit of making little splash landings when they spy something edible...
Now to be honest, many local residents have had some problems with the geese. We are by and large a welcoming group out here, especially since being welcoming was enacted into law in 1964, but if your property is of a great size and abuts water (Flintstone Manor fails on both counts), you are liable to cuss if you go outside and step into something that indicates a goose has been there before you. And they have been there a lot. They are, as Rumpole of the Bailey would say, astoundingly regular.
At the moment, the
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And so I raise my glass in a toast to International Trade and Parity in Cross-Border Transactions: May the Canada Geese J.Crap all over your landscape architecture!