thousands of Canada geese
refueling for flight
Arriving Daily, the billboard announces, and underneath is the proof: thousands of Canada geese foraging in the snowy cornfield, refueling for their flight to warmer climes. It's a white Christmas Eve, fat frilly flakes falling gently, and the wild geese finally migrating in huge flocks.
One of the geese is limping and we wonder whether it should check into the emergency room at Ottumwa Regional Hospital.
This enormous flock of geese have landed on a narrow strip of a cornfield wedged between the river and the highway. They seem oblivious to the traffic speeding by, but become wary when we stop, not alarmed enough to take flight, just waddling slowly away.
Another group favors the fenced-in ballpark.
Off they go, but why are they headed northwest?