We had a visitor today, of the feathered variety! My husband works at a golf course, and because of this (and my husband's belief that every creature he meets must come for a visit) we have had lots of creature company. We have had a garden snake, rabbits, snail (which resides in our fish tank, it's name is Gary), turtle eggs, turtles and most recently, a gosling!
The first place Flappy visited was the bathroom, where he propmtly got a bath. Then he was dried and sat on some newspaper. He was generally quiet and still, until he decided to take a run around the kitchen. It was hilarious to watch my husband chase this goose!
So, todays post is all about our friend... Flappy, the Canadian Goose. Er, gosling.
Geese are a big problem for golf courses and they implement all sorts of ways to get rid of them. In recent years, Canada Geese populations in some areas have grown substantially, so much so that many consider them pests (for their droppings, the bacteria in their droppings, noise and confrontational behavior). This problem is partially due to the removal of natural predators and an abundance of safe, man-made bodies of water (such as on golf courses, public parks and beaches, and in planned communities, like developments).
Princess really enjoyed having Flappy and was sorry to see him go. (We all were). Having all these creatures visit has been a really great way for the kids and ourselves to learn about all sorts of creatures and their enviroments.
Flappy is now back home, I'm sure he was relieved to be free. But, we sure did enjoy him here!
Interested in Canadian Geese? Here is a link that we found helpful: http://www.canadageese.org/coalition.html