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#569872 - 12/23/17 07:25 PM No Partridge in a stinkin' tree  
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Much better. As some of you know we live along the Columbia River. One of the blessings of where we live is having a large open area between us and the river and that provides us with some pleasing sights.

A bit ago I kept seeing shadows pass across the windows. I looked out and saw the open area covered with a couple hundred Canada geese. They were being pretty quiet, not a lot of honking going on except when someone would walk along the path that parallels the river, then they would sound off with their indignation. And boy, was it ever loud.

Here's a shot I took from the front porch of part of the flock....
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As I was watching them a lady walked up toward our home from the walking path and the geese decided they'd had enough. You can see her in the lower right corner of the photo.....
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In addition to the geese we have as resident flock/group/whatever of squirrels, a flock of doves, some ducks that wander around the back yard and an occasional raccoon at night.

Makes life interesting, to say the least.


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#569875 - 12/23/17 09:29 PM Re: No Partridge in a stinkin' tree [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thats going to be a lot of poop


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#569876 - 12/23/17 09:30 PM Re: No Partridge in a stinkin' tree [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Beautiful scenery though.


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#569880 - 12/23/17 10:34 PM Re: No Partridge in a stinkin' tree [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Is goose good to BBQ?


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#569881 - 12/23/17 11:07 PM Re: No Partridge in a stinkin' tree [Re: MarkHB]  
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Originally Posted by MarkHB
Is goose good to BBQ?

Isn't that what Ebenezer had the boy fetch at the end of the story?
There is a pond in Monterey (Ca) that I would walk past to get to the beach where a bunch of Geese hang out. It's scary walking past them, cause they just glare at you and dare you to try and mess with them. Get too close and they hiss like an angry cat. I just say pâté, and keep going, but inside I'm ready to run for my life.


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#569882 - 12/24/17 12:17 AM Re: No Partridge in a stinkin' tree [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Tina has feed a trio of geese for the past several years. The same three come back every year, and on days like this when large flocks come around most of them hang back 25-30 yards or so. The three that are familiar with her will walk right up to about 5 yards from the house, stand up on their legs, flap their wings and squawk for her to come out to feed them. When she takes out her cup of food they will come to within a few feet to get the food and "talk" to her as she spreads out the bird seed.

They're really a kick to watch, and yes they are good to eat. I've never BBQ'd them but have stuffed them in the oven.


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#569883 - 12/24/17 12:21 AM Re: No Partridge in a stinkin' tree [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I almost went goose hunting the other day and could've told you of its any good. Snow in Wyoming got in the way. Rescheduled for late Jan. Heard it makes good jerky.


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#569886 - 12/24/17 03:05 AM Re: No Partridge in a stinkin' tree [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Neat story Mike ho

At one time my wife thought it would be cool to feed all of the pigeons in West Phoenix. That did not turn out well . . .

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#569888 - 12/24/17 12:27 PM Re: No Partridge in a stinkin' tree [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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We gert more turkeys than geese or ducks around here. Darn things look more like buzzards than the photos they show for Thanksgiving adverts, and they can fly (I know this because the dog loves to chase them).

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The last couple of days have been interesting. We got about 3" of snow so fewer small birds, no geese but tracks in the snow from a fox. Yesterday a golden eagle, today a bald eagle and lots of magpies. They are a hoot to watch fly. Very aerobatic and very aggressive toward the other birds.


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