Thursday, February 24, 2011

pond iced over again

pond iced over again –
confined to shore the wild geese
browse on dead grasses

The Canada Geese are still hanging around Cattail Pond, even though it has completely iced over again and they are no longer able to feed from silt at the bottom of the pond. They stay close to the shore, browsing on seeds and dead grasses. With their black heads and white chinstraps they look like they’re wearing helmets. The gander stands guard while his mate bends her long neck, grasps a blade of grass with her bill and tears it off with a jerk. Amazing that these wild geese mate for life and can live more than two decades.

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