The Canadian Geese have been going over, flying north, for the last several weeks. It happens every spring... and then they fly south again in the fall and we love hearing their calls as they are high in the skies... or lower to earth, ready to come in to land for a break.
When they started going north several weeks ago, and we still had snow, it was exciting, since we knew it was a sign of spring. Somehow they know when the time is right to fly north.... and that early glimpse gives us hope that winter is almost done... and a new season is just about here.
It is also a marvelous testimony to the amazing God we serve.... the God who tells the birds just when to migrate... and they seem to start moving from many different places. It is something still not totally understood by scientists... and I love it.
I have always enjoyed watching these geese in the wild... whether flying in their V-formation flocks or resting on lakes in their migration.
It is possible to see them throughout the year in some places, as they sometimes over-winter when there is enough food, water and protection for them.
Seeing them in parks all year around is fine, but I confess I get tired of them... tired of having to be so careful of where I walk... tired of their noise and messes.... but seeing them in the wild is still special to me.
They tend to mate for life... which is quite amazing. If only humans had the same habit.
What a blessing to have one mate for life... one person who knows us well and is committed to us, no matter what. We are teaching our children to pray for the mate God has for them... and to become the man or woman of God that God wants them to be..... and to remember that they marry... FOR LIFE.... not for however long they like their mate. Oh, we humans could learn something about commitment from these beautiful birds.
There is something peaceful about watching them... they tend to keep moving.
Much of the time, we see them paired up... where one goes, the other follows.
The ducks and white goose were at a spot in the pond... and the geese swam toward it causing a stir with the other waterfowl, who left... as you can see. It almost looked like they did it on purpose. Hmmmm... no, they are not perfect...and maybe not always "nice", but they are committed.
How nice to be out on a warm spring day... to spend some time in nature... to enjoy God's creatures... and the sunshine. :)
I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy such sights.
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