We haven’t seen Canada geese for some time. Following hatching of the goslings and the moulting of the older birds, they were missing from our area for the last two months. Then, on Open Farm Day, a huge flock flew over the last farm we visited. It was good to see our old friends.
The youngsters haven’t perfected the V formation from the look of the flock that day. Young ones need practice so as not to fly into or too close to other birds.
The photos show how close some of the birds came to each other.
The geese usually leave Prince Edward Island in late December. Over the next three months the young ones will perfect the art of flight in formation. As the shadows lengthen, the flock will visit fields, ponds and harbour bulking up for their marathon of flight.
Through open windows and doors, we will hear them as they pass overhead between locations. We’ll watch them on the harbour as we walk the boardwalk, their honking, one of the sounds of the shortening autumn days.
Welcome back old friends, for a few months anyway.
Update: just over two weeks since the first sighting of geese, smaller flocks are flying in perfect v formation to and from the harbour. The young ones are fast learners.