Attracting Wild Geese to the Garden: What an enjoyable story!

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Attracting Wild Geese to the Garden

By JuneOntario
October 1, 2013

When retirement time arrived, hubby and I decided we wanted to live out of town and be surrounded by nature. We moved to a small house on a big property that included a wooded valley, a wetland, and a large, stream-fed fish pond. My dear spouse insists on mowing large areas of grass, going right up to the pond’s edge in several places, and in doing so creates an ideal environment for Canada geese: short grass with lots of new growth, and excellent sight-lines for spotting predators a long way off.

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 30, 2013 6:19 PM CST
I so enjoyed reading about your resident geese and especially the raising of the babies. How blessed you are to live in such a paradise surrounded by wildlife and birds. Thumbs up
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 30, 2013 6:33 PM CST
June: I too really enjoyed reading this story; great job! Being a Florida resident I rarely see Canada Geese. Thank you for sharing your experience and giving us a bit of information about those lovely birds! I bet the chicks are adorable. Thumbs up
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greene
Sep 30, 2013 6:50 PM CST
@JuneOntario
Thank you for painting such beautiful words. I have tears in my eyes.
When I lived in Connecticut, I rehabilitated many birds, but my favorite by far was a Canada goose we called Bob.
He had experienced a difficult migration and landed in our neighborhood starving, injured and sick. Evidently word had travelled through the Goose Grapevine that I was an easy mark for a free meal and a safe resting place. I saw Bob at the far end of the street 8 houses away and he saw me. He walked, limped, hobbled up to me and standing at my feet he said, "........ ........". Well, he tried, but no sound came out; it appears that his neck had been injured, it was very crooked. I scooped him up. It took 3 vet visits and several weeks to get him back to health.
When it was time to release him, none of the wild flocks would have him. We even drove out to Monroe to the flock at the reservoir. No, they didn't want our Bob either and I feared for his safety. They were a mean bunch! I thought we would be stuck with Bob permanently.
Then I remembered the small flock which lives permanently near the Old Mill Green pond in Milford. Full of hope, we took Bob to meet the local, non-migratory geese; we offered the entire group plenty of bread. The locals seemed to like him (well, either him or the free bread). They didn't seem to mind that he had a very crooked neck.
The following day we went back twice to feed the group and Bob swam right up to us. He came on shore to be petted and fed.
The third day Bob started to swim towards us but the other geese called Bob telling him to turn back. He floated in the middle of the water, undecided, looking from them to us, and finally with one last look over his left wing, he turned his crooked neck and he returned to his flock. He had found a home.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 30, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Beautifully written and touching story Greene!
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Marilyn
Sep 30, 2013 6:57 PM CST
Wonderful stories y'all! Hurray! nodding Lovey dubby Thumbs up Group hug
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 30, 2013 7:06 PM CST
Greene: What a wonderful, heartfelt story ... Thank You so much for caring about, and helping our wonderful wildlife!! Lovey dubby
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canadanna
Sep 30, 2013 7:52 PM CST
Love the geese stories. When I lived in Canada, it always felt special to see a flock flying in formation. Now in Texas, it is even more so.
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JuneOntario
Sep 30, 2013 8:12 PM CST
@greene, you're a goose angel! I'm so glad you were able to help Bob, and even found him some good companions.
Name: Greene
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greene
Sep 30, 2013 8:27 PM CST
Well at least I am coming up in the world; I have been promoted from Pot Ghetto Queen to Goose Angel. Thanks.
And to think my father thought I would never amount to anything!
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 30, 2013 9:09 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 30, 2013 9:39 PM CST
Oh, @Newyorkrita
it is so easy to make you laugh!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 30, 2013 9:43 PM CST
Ha, so true, I am very easily amused. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 1, 2013 7:20 AM CST
greene said:Well at least I am coming up in the world; I have been promoted from Pot Ghetto Queen to Goose Angel. Thanks.
And to think my father thought I would never amount to anything!
Smiling Greene: I love your sense of humor ... sure made me smile!

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wildflowers
Oct 1, 2013 8:09 AM CST
June, you tell a wonderful story!! I really enjoyed reading it.

And then I get here to comment and find that Greene, you have another heart warming story!! Thumbs up

Thanks for the smiles! Lovey dubby
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Name: Maria
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Pwinget
Oct 6, 2013 12:31 PM CST
I enjoyed your story, June. And Greene with sweet ole Bob - good for him!

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