Encounter with geese, sort of – Hasso Hering


A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Encounter with geese, sort of

Written December 8th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Am I frightening these geese or what?

Here I was riding my bike outside Jacksonville in southern Oregon on Sunday when I spotted a gaggle of Canada geese in a meadow by the side of the road. I stopped to take a closer look, but as I did, the birds — all of them — waddled away from me.

Unlike the ducks in some of our parks, which sometimes gather around passersby in hopes of a handout, these geese were of a more wary sort. Smart, too. I had nothing to offer them. All I wanted was a look at them. But they were not interested in being looked at. (My impression of them was confirmed when I looked them up in a bird book later. “Intelligent and naturally wary,” it said.)

I assumed they were on their way some place and were just stopping here for a rest. I wished them a nice flight. (hh)

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One response to “Encounter with geese, sort of”

  1. Hazel Siebrecht says:

    Having been born in Applegate, OR and spending most of my life in the Rogue Valley, I find the beautiful scenery in the background more interesting than the Canada geese! My dream is to get a photo of Mt. McLoughlin and of the Table Rocks unimpeded with phone and power lines. The views from Old Stage Road near Jacksonville have breath-taking scenery.


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