Wednesday, May 7

What's Your Excuse?

I was late to work this morning because of an obstruction in the road. More specifically, five obstructions. It's probably my own fault because I know it's spring and I know what sort of "road hazards" I've encountered in the past. But this is one traffic jam that doesn't usually produce road rage. Quite the opposite.

Oddly enough, my local subway station in the 'burbs is a popular hang out for geese. I don't know why. There is a tiny stream that bisects some of the parking area, but otherwise it's not a very waterfowl friendly location. The geese in our area are, I think, supposed to be transplanted Canadians but they are around pretty much year round. Even when you don't see them, you see evidence of them. Usually on the sidewalk.

Seriously, though, it's not uncommon for traffic on 4 lane roads to come to a complete stop at this time of year. This little guy is trying to figure out how to make it up over the curb, which is taller than he is. He managed.


jenb said...

It does restore your faith in the human race when people (in a hurry) will stop for the wonder of spring.
Thanks for sharing the photo.

McB said...

They show no fear, just toddle directly into traffic lanes. But it is refreshing and reassuring the way people just sit in their cars and patiently wait for them to get safely across.

Scope Dope Cherrybomb said...

I love that about people too.
These are Canada Geese. They mate for life. We had one shot on our property a few years ago and her mate kept coming back and honking for her. It was sad to watch.

The problem comes when a flock settles in one area. They leave a lot of telltale 'signs' that they've been there. The Toronto Zoo is filled with Canada Geese flocks and it has become quite a problem to keep the paths clean.

When a flock lands in a field if you look closely you will see that there are four guards posted, one on each corner of the group, with their backs to the rest of the flock, facing out. They issue the warning if they see signs of danger.

I used to watch them when we lived on a farm. It was interesting.