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).
- Why do geese stand on one leg?
- Because they’d fall over if they lifted both legs.
- Click here for another explanation.
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.
Click here to link to a previous post for earlier pictures of the duckling. The photo below was taken less than three weeks after the earlier photos.
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.
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There are two deer in the first photo below; the fawn in just hard to see. See the second photo below for a good view of the fawn as both deer emerged from the tall vegetation.
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.
…don”t seem to mind the muddy lake.