Spring in the Air… Literally

April 23, 2012 · 5 comments

Before last night while we were grilling steak on the back patio, I hadn’t really thought about how literal is the statement, “Spring is in the air.”

Canadian geese are just like their fellow human citizens: loyal, consistently handsome, and generally the first to arrive at a party and the last to leave. Fittingly, they are one of the first signs of spring around here, and welcome at that.
And don’t talk to me about the poop. We all have our baggage.

Before last night, I had never seen them book-ended, on any building, of any sort, much less the old shack on the other side of our creek. This pair, or a dang decent duo of doppelgangers, appear to have taken up second-home residency in the area.

They appear to be unable to fly without honking. I suspect they do this to show solidarity with the cab drivers in Calgary and Toronto.

While I was standing at the creek shooting the geese, I glanced down to witness an avian Bathsheba, mid-armpit swoosh.

They call them “bird baths,” so I had always assumed that birds bathe, but apparently, robins, at least, prefer to shower. And don’t think we can’t see you behind that little tuft of grass. That is such a lame ostrich move.

I love this: an image of the quintessential “Spring in the Air” avatar, spring cleaning.

Yes, yes… you clean up very nicely.

Welcome home!

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Mom April 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Fascinating how Spring’s arrival is so magical yet different in different locales. At Mississippi L. it was the arrival of our beloved Loons the day the ice left. One special event here in Comox Valley is the arrival of our “Snowbirds” aerobatic team flying in formation over our house today on their arrival. We & all our neighbours ran out to watch. I didn’t wave my tea towel at them like I used to do when Dad & his helicopter squadron arrived home at home base after an exercise.

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Sandi Fentiman April 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I hope those geese don’t go through that roof, landing on it another time; that doesn’t look to secure, and they are heavy birds. I think the they honk as if to say “INCOMING!” or “Damn it, move!!” lol Looks like that one flying is going to hit the fence.

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Kristie Pham April 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

OK, after seeing these pictures I am ready to move! Beautiful!

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DebD April 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

Sorry for having mentioned the poop

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DebD April 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

Those dopplegangers are actually gang-poopers

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