Folks, our natural world is a great place! We hope you can get outside to enjoy it today.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Squirrel Nutwork!
Ol’ Wally here was headed down to the local pond to cool off when I saw a gathering under a tree.
I bounded a bit closer…then decided I best not.
Geese. Canada Geese. Normally not an issue, but these adults were protecting little ones.
And a goose with goslings–watch out, humans and beasts! However…these geese weren’t doing more than looking my direction…
could it be they were just as hot as I was?
A lake in Reston can not be found without Canada Geese. Though these birds weren’t originally native to this area, they found us and stayed. Much like that Japanese Honeysuckle!
The geese have no predators and can make themselves a real nuisance, particularly with their poop. We asked Ol’ Wally about this and he said it’s true; all that goose poop ‘over-fertilizes’ our water and throws it out of balance. It sounds harsh, but we squirrels have heard tell of a policy of shaking the eggs of the geese to kill the young, but replacing them in the nests to let the geese ‘think’ they are going to get a hatch of goslings. It’s sad, but one animal overpopulating an area harms all the rest of us.
Thanks goodness those humans can’t climb trees to get to our nests.
Here is a flock of wild birds I, Ol’ Wally, see living around our Virginia ponds and lakes, despite a the name of their origins.
Canada Geese—not Canadian Geese as many folks tend to call them—used to migrate from up north before their harsh winters set in, then return. But not so these days.
I don’t know why. Climate change? More man-made lakes put in with nice tender grass to eat? Lazy? Perhaps you humans want to look it up. I just know us natives have to dodge and dive our way around these big birds—residents now—as they feed near any open fresh water.
I’ve been preachin’ it’s dry out there this summer, and this is the proof that Ol’ Wally doesn’t like to see.
The water level of the pond near us on the golf course is way down. Compare it with the photo I showed you back on May 31st.
With little new rain, it’s also growin’ a load of algae.
Now why is that, you may ask? Humph. You could point your finger at over-fertilization on the golf course, but you might be wrong. That’s because our pond has some year ‘round residents that add their own style fertilizer to the mix.
See those Canada Geese? Yep, I can’t fault them, ‘cause they need the water, too, but I’m a-tellin’ ya, goose poop sure does a number on our water resources when combined with no rain.