|Cardinalis cardinalis "Pretty girl! Pretty girl!"|
The cardinals have occasionally dropped in since we moved in about a month ago, but mostly I've only heard them in the woods "Pretty girl!" Pretty girl!" I guess they've been busy raising their family--I've caught a few quick red flashes in the woods.
shriek shrilly protecting their territory. I like bluejays even though they're bullies at the winter bird-feeders. Their blue and white feathers seem cheerful as they bound here and there along the edge of the woods.
However, our evenings lately have yielded another autumn-y bird song: geese honking. Every time I hear them, I dash out to the deck and best I'm able with the trees shielding them, spy out the small skein of geese. Seven of 'em. Figure that's probably Mom and Pop with their now-nearly-full-size brood of five goslings. What a racket they can make!
Geese remind me of autumn because where I grew up in Wisconsin we saw them in early spring as they were heading back to Canada, and then again in fall as they were rallying up for their long trip back south to their winter grounds. Geese would scavenge through the fields where corn had been picked--they'd nibble up all the kernels that had fallen out of the reapers. I've always enjoyed seeing geese flying overhead, in those long skeins, wings flapping majestically as they make their way to or fro.
Right now, Mom and Poppa Goose are getting their goslings fattened up and trained for the long-long flight to Florida or South America where they'll spend the winter. It is a pretty amazing thought--to consider the long trip they make--without the aid of a GPS to find their destination--no hotels to bed down in each night--not even a McDonalds for a quick snack along the way!