I got off from my bus today evening and was walking along the pond to my way home. Its a virtually dead place during winter but today I was in for a surprise! I saw new inhabitants near the freshly melted water! I jumped with joy:
“Yay! the Geese are back!”
Canadian Geese swimming in water. On the top is a pair of ducks. Photo: April 28, 2007
It’s not that I love the Canada Goose a lot. They make the whole place crappy after a while and can be quite aggressive when in large groups, making it quite annoying (and sometimes risky) to walk on the grass.
But I was happy, because the arrival of the Geese signaled the arrival of…. wait for it… here it comes… Spring!
During winter, these birds migrate to warmer regions towards the south (i.e. USA). Only a couple of weeks back I was in New York and it looked like the Geese had taken over the city.
Canadian Geese in New York. Photo: March 24, 2008
There are still large chunks of steadily melting snow on the open areas. It’s about 0°C today and I hope it gets warmer soon. Nevertheless I suddenly feel that Toronto is alive again… Welcome Spring