A neighbor stopped by to comment about the Canadian Geese that have taken residency in our neighborhood. Since we have fresh water and green spaces, they seem to like it here.
If you've never lived with waterfowl, you don't truly appreciate how nasty they can be. Sure, they are fun to feed and interesting to watch, but have you ever noticed how much POOP they produce?
According to an article I read, one goose can consume up to four pounds of grass a day and poop up to two pounds of droppings. Since geese mate for life, two plus two will soon equal a gaggle of geese! A safe estimate would be that we are home to over 200 geese.
While researching how to relocate the geese, I visited the MS Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks website. An article suggested loud noises, bright lights, barking dogs, and spraying the geese with water to "harass" them so they would leave.
One thing led to another, and someone suggested we throw a "Neighborhood Harassing Party". I suggested we hire a Mariachi Band and all the kids could bring bongo drums, horns and whistles to chase the geese away.
What a sight that would be. Some may think we were "Living La Vida Loca"!
About the photo: Driving down the street one rainy afternoon, the geese were strolling down the middle of the road. The photo was taken from the drivers seat. You can see raindrops on the windshield in the top left corner of the pic.
Meanwhile, we've learned to live in harmony with the geese. No harrassing party was ever thrown, and no geese were harmed.