A Gang Problem in Our Park …

17 Jul

Excuse the poor quality and viewpoint; I really had no choice. These pictures were shot in haste at a crossroads in our local park. Traffic was backed up about 6 cars deep on all four roads, and I was seated in mine. The cars were being held up by the newest gang in the park; the goslings (see my post, two down from here “‘Twas a misty, moisty morning …”) have grown up enough to look like adults (they’re the ones a touch smaller), and they and their parents were crossing the road to get to the lagoon on the other side. And they were stopping all traffic into the crossroad as they crossed, in bunches of ten to fifteen. There were a good hundred of them, so the action was quite protracted.

As occasionally happened, there would come a point when there were no geese in the road, and a couple of cars would seize the opportunity and get through the intersection, then one or two geese would step off the curb, and cause the traffic to come to a halt until that batch got through and another break in the migration came along.

I came in on the tail-end of the action, so all I got were these two shots, against the sun, with no chance to change angles or background, so here they are. I thought you might be amused.

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Cheers, all!


Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


18 responses to “A Gang Problem in Our Park …

  1. Darko

    July 17, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Ha, it must have been the same gang that slowed us down on a highway 5a between Kamloops and Merritt – or they were related somehow 😎

    • derwandersmann

      July 18, 2014 at 1:47 am

      They’ve become a North American plague … between global warming, artificially-warmed pools, and people feeding them, they are a nuisance, at best and frequently a health hazard. And of course, one mustn’t “harvest” the dear things for additional protein; that would be SO mediæval!

  2. blackcalla

    July 18, 2014 at 12:21 am

    LOL: Yep, happens frequently everywhere. Here we have the same problem only with deer. Great shots, both.

    • derwandersmann

      July 18, 2014 at 1:42 am

      Thanks, Merle … I was a little handicapped by sitting in the car, and I had to Photoshop like crazy to get the pics reasonably clear. Shooting against the sun ain’t no fun.

  3. pam

    July 25, 2014 at 4:23 am

    We’ve got a ton of them here too. They seem to like the moist ground and greenery, especially after all the rain we’ve gotten. Mia and I passed by about 50 of them all resting. There was no pond nearby or anything, they were just sunning themselves, I guess. There is a huge piece of land in between the main road where all the small restaurants are and a bunch of apartment buildings going up. At first, this piece of land was nothing but black muck from the snow melt, dirt, then rain. Now it is covered with some kind of green, broad leaf plant, which is about a foot high. Have no idea what it is but the birds, and not just geese, sure seem to like it. It’s cool and it semi hides them. Mia, of course, wants to run out in it to scare them all, but you don’t do that with geese. They can be mean as can be.

    • Darko

      July 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm


      • derwandersmann

        July 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        I’m afraid that the problem will not go away, and will even increase as long as we are too fashionably respectful of our delightful wild friends.
        I might be missing some less-drastic opportunities in my search for a solution … it is my impression that capsicum sprays are largely ineffective against these creatures, so I will not even consider them until I have contrary data. The only idea that I can really relate to is an annual, or perhaps more often, “harvest” of the adults. Aside from the killing aspects of the idea, which are sure to arouse the horror of the soft-hearted in our population (but they eat dead cows; is that different? The cows have to be killed; they get really ugly about it if you try to eat them before killing them.), there is the danger of small-caliber bullets flying about in the cities, and even airgun pellets can be dangerous. Obviously, the “harvesters” must be very well-trained and self-disciplined.
        The advantages of the idea are two, even aside from the lessening of the goose population: These animals are good, high-protein food, which, especially as the cows seem to be getting less numerous (and therefore more expensive), is very much needed, and it would (over time) serve the purpose of making them more wary of us, and a little less ready to engage us in combat.

      • pam

        July 26, 2014 at 3:57 am

        Exactly Darko! Can you imagine how terrified Mia would be if one of them started chasing her! Of course, it would probably teach her to not chase and scare the birds all the time. That guy wasn’t even paying attention to that goose! It went after him just because he was in their territory I guess.

  4. raniahajqasem

    July 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I think they need a traffic cop to regulate their traffic , but he should wear a goose costume in order to convince them of obeying the rule .

    • derwandersmann

      July 26, 2014 at 1:47 am

      LOL … I’ll mention it to the City Council.

      • pam

        July 26, 2014 at 4:00 am

        Isn’t there a season for goose hunting? There is a place called Scheels here and on the second floor is more taxidermy than I care to see. It sort of gives me the shivers. I’ve never seen so many stuffed animals and never realized how big those geese actually are till I was standing next to a stuffed one.

      • derwandersmann

        July 26, 2014 at 5:33 am

        Yes, there’s a season, and I’m privately convinced that there’s some small-scale poaching, with .22s or airguns, but the cities, where the problem is, are not places where you’re allowed to hunt. Shooting migrating geese is not going to thin the population of the resident geese.
        And yes, they’re plenty big, and they can administer a good beating if one is not ready.

  5. Furie

    August 15, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Oh, they look like proper 1950s toughs to me. You stay away from those Geesers, young man.

  6. Harry...the Man!

    September 12, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    When I was in secondary school, I lived in a place called Bosham. That place died after nine o’clock at night…I mention it because there were a load of ducks that lived there. They owned the place. Cars stopped as they waddled across the road, they bullied our cats and every day they made their rounds of everyone’s gardens to be fed. One day my Mum forgot to feed them and they dragged all of the washing off of the line and pulled it through the mud. They were never fed at our house again.

    • derwandersmann

      September 13, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Good for your mum!

    • gdare

      September 15, 2014 at 1:00 am

      Hahaha, that’s an interesting story!!! Not that your mum found that funny, though 😀


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