we were talking about geese…

Yesterday, a friend’s husband had gotten some really nice shots of hooded mergansers in the duck pond. I got some too, last year — even turned out it was the same date! I say this because usually, hooded mergansers are really stand-offish. They keep to themselves in the very far end of another lake, the few times they show up at all.

Now … I mentioned this to Gerry, that Doug had seen hoodies in the pond, one thing led to another … we were talking about waterfowl and how odd it was that we never ever had seen a Canada goose in the pond!

Today, we went there — I was of course hoping that the hoodies would still be here but the only hoodie I saw was the human kind. However, on our way back out of the park … there they were!

Two geese paddling happily along with the mallards!

I woke up to the Ides of March and a Winter wonderland — we had received a nice snow cover overnight! The park looked more spiffy than usual with all the snow laden bows and branches! That’s not something we’ve gotten used to this winter … snow!

‘My’ friendly, grey squirrel came around, he got three peanuts and he looked very thankful ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is my Hooded Merganser of last year:

16 Replies to “we were talking about geese…”

  1. Hi,
    They are a beautiful duck, their colouring is so much different than the others. It is amazing the different amount of snow people have been getting, from reports I have read, some places actually got records amounts, and in other places no so much, it’s nice that you had a bit of snow overnight. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It looked surprisingly nice this morning! Strangest winter I’ve experiences otherwise ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It was supposed to be super warm in Maine, too, and this morning we woke to a sheet of ice on everything. Holy cats. Where did THAT come from? Oh yeah…I guess it is still (technically) winter. The weather the past week or two has made me forget that fact.

    Hopefully the slight cold will be good for the maple syrup producers. Maine Maple Sunday is March 25. You should come down and enjoy that if you can!

    1. At least we just got white, light snow … our first winter here, there was an ice storm. Beautiful, but devastating for power lines..

      While in Quebec, I enjoyed quite a few sugar shack gatherings … really nice!

      1. We had an ice storm in 1998. No power for five days, but we were lucky. Some were out for weeks. It was gorgeous but treacherous. We just mostly stayed inside. Thank heavens for kerosene heaters!!

  3. You can almost feel the breeze by looking at the ripples on the water. These are really nice photos. I love the reflection of the duck in the water in that last shot. Very nice!

    1. Thank you, Orples ๐Ÿ™‚
      I was so happy to get that shot [of the hoodie]. Normally it’s hopeless to get that close to them..

  4. We always have lots of Canada Geese around here. All year round. The other one I never have heard of or seen. Love the snow photo. We have no more chances of snow this year, and probably not next year either. I really miss it.

    1. Back home they stayed all year round too, Julie … I took a lot of snow photos, because this is probably the last here too..

  5. The snow in the pine branch made me smile. I don’t know why I think that’s so beautiful, but it mesmerizes me every time I see snow clinging to branches. One of nature’s miracles, I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I guess they are considered that in most places.

      Yeah, the Hoodie is spectacular …some design, huh?! ๐Ÿ™‚

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