Friday, March 27, 2009

Privileged


The best thing that happened today was that I was outside when a flock of 52 Canada Geese flew overhead on their migration north. Before I could see them I heard them calling "spring's here, spring's here!" before they flew over the hill into sight. We are very lucky to be directly in their flight path as they head up the Bay of Fundy. There's something so wild and timeless and predictable about the return of the geese, I feel the same excitement each year as they pass over heralding the seasons change, and the same sadness each fall as they fly over the house hurrying south before the snows. It always amazes me how such heavy birds can stay aloft for so long , for so many miles.
In contrast I watched a bald eagle in Saint John today, effortlessly circling the sky with nary a wing flap, masterfully riding the air currents. A beautiful sighting in an ugly city. A blessed day indeed.

5 comments:

Gwen Buchanan said...

Lovely!!! I'll be watching for them too...

There was the most rachous chorus of birdsong over our way this afternoon... it was coming from a leafless tree totally filled with starlings.. Sounded like spring to me too...

flydragon said...

We have a lot of geese around here too, but they never leave. The only trips they take are from the golf course to the lake and back again:) I've wanted to get a picture of them flying in the V formation but by the time I get the camera out, they're gone:) That's a great picture that you got!

kathi dunphy said...

I love all birds,even the invader starlings. I'm always stopping what I'm doing to watch them living their lives. I cant take credit for the photo tho Fly, I was too mesmerised by the flock in flight to run inside for the camera. I resorted to a stock image that came closest to what I was seeing. I guess if resident geese are pooping all over your golf course you wouldnt see them in quite the romantic light some of us do !

On a New Life Chapter said...

I want to know how you can count 52 geese that fast!...In Toronto they just hang around all winter - pests, actually, so no one there knows when spring has arrived - they have to check their Blackberries!

rauf said...

We are supposed to do that Kathi, We are not designed to stay in one place. Nomads gypsies migrate according to seasons.

Every year in December January i go to three different places to see migratory birds coming all the way from Siberia, flying 800 KMs per day. Its time for them to go back and tell you that brighter warmer days are coming.