Canada geese go through a molting process this time of year, during which time they are “land-bound” and unable to fly.
“Each summer, in late June and early July, geese go through a molting process during which they lose their flight feathers and are in the process of growing new ones,” says WRD State Waterfowl Biologist Greg Balkcom. “We find that it is typically this time of year, when the geese are ‘land-bound’ that the most complaints about goose feces and feathers are reported.”- Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. (2018 June). Help for Landowners: Don’t Get Frustrated With Flightless Geese (click here for article).
June 14, 2018 – Canada goose and goslings in Bent Tree
The geese have been hanging out in a corner of the lake by the dam. Maybe they were still molting, so unable to fly away when the fireworks went off, and decided to retreat to the furthest corner away from the beach area.
July 7, 2015 – Canada geese in a corner by the dam at Lake Tamarack
The Bent Tree employees put on a fantastic fireworks show on the 4th of July. There’s something extra special about watching the fireworks in Bent Tree. The reflection on the lake, the echoes of the fireworks booming off the mountains, the background chorus of frogs and cicadas…it’s hard to beat. And, the thunderstorms held off just long enough for the festivities.
It looks like there was no “Goose Roundup” in Bent Tree this year. On Tuesday, the geese found a quiet area of Lake Tamarack, away from the Pot Luck Dinner crowd at the beach. The geese may still be in the molting process. If so, they are unable to fly right now. If they are through with the process of losing old flight feathers and growing new ones, it’s possible that tomorrow’s fireworks will scare them away. Click here for more information.
June 30, 2015 – Canada Geese swimming in a quiet part of Lake Tamarack
Time was spent on Christmas Day going through old family photos, including some from the 1920’s (a little before my time). Here are a couple of the photos. Just thought they were interesting considering some of the subject matter on this website.