GEESE ON THE RIVER

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You’ve heard that song, I’m sure, 99 bottles of beer on the wall?  I couldn’t believe it when I unloaded my camera and I had 99 pictures of geese. I managed to toss 53. Jim always offers to get me down to ten pictures, but, I tell him I intend to paint some day and I need models.

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It was tough to pick photos because we are getting close to our limit on bytes. These geese look like they should be on the Christmas platter.

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This one was just poking its head under the water for a morsel, but often they turn upside down, and I found myself laughing to see three butts in a row sticking out of the water.

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I felt I learned a lot about geese observing them for most of the day while I sat on this gorgeous river bank and read my book with my camera close by.This is a mad goose, steaming through the water, head down, chasing a flock away from a particularly popular log so his bunch could move in and take a bath.

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This is that same stance, this time a mother head down, challenging anyone to interfere with her goslings as she made her way through the crowd.

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Later in the day, they moved onto the grass to feed on bugs and grasses. They feed in a group with an ever protective gander watching over all.

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Actually, these mallards had the log first and got chased away by the geese.

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I took a short walk along the river’s edge where bright flowers grow in the sandy soil.DSC06998 (Copy)

Folks, including me, appreciate the river on a hot Saturday afternoon, quiet and soothing.

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Fishing, kayaking and canoeing are popular. I was grateful no one used a noisy skee-doo. It is quiet and beautiful here at the Elks Club where we will be parked until I fly to Las Vegas on the 5th. It was hot yesterday and the river is cooling.

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I spotted this little turtle making a bee-line to the water. The minute I got close enough to take a picture, he stopped and hid from me. As soon as I walked away, he completed his journey.

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From out of the woods came this mystery animal. Some type of rodent, I think.  At first, I thought it could be a baby beaver.

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I got a good look at its tail. I remember beavers having a flat, rounded kind of fleshy tail. I looked up nutria and they have definite rodent, rat-like tails. This is a mystery animal. If anyone knows what it is, let me know.

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16 thoughts on “GEESE ON THE RIVER

  1. Virginia

    I believe that’s a groundhog. You know, the kind that comes out and sees its shadow on Feb 2?

    • 2gadabout

      I went online and looked at pictures of ground hogs, and you are correct, Virginia. I didn’t think of either a muskrat or groundhog. I’m glad to know. Thank you both for putting me on track.

  2. Could the mystery animal be a muskrat?

  3. Joel

    Maybe a groundhog or possibly a marmot?

  4. Brianna

    One of those little rodent animals tried to invade my garden today. I don’t live close enough to water for it to be a beaver. I looked it up online and the closest thing to it was a Nutria. Except the tail looked just like the one in the picture you took. So it is a Muskrat or Ground hog? He was kind of cute but I don’t want it destroying all of my hard work I’ve done in my garden!

    • 2gadabout

      It was a groundhog! I don’t know much about their habits and whether they invade gardens or not. Good luck! And, thanks for writing.

      • Jae purple

        Marmots are related but different groundhogs.

  5. Jae purple

    It’s a baby marmot. Funny as I’ve seen both in person yet never noticed how similar they look.

    • 2gadabout

      OK. So you are saying for sure it is a marmot? I just have to look up pictures to satisfy my own mind. Again, I currently am short of time, but I will do it. And, having your info attached will allow others to decide as well. Mary

  6. Joel

    A groundhog is a type of marmot. It’s probably a marmot, so the best way to tell what species of marmot it is would be based on location.

    • 2gadabout

      By location, do you mean state? Terrain? Again, I’m in a very demanding situation personally and won’t look into this for the present. But, thanks for your concern for accuracy.

      • Joel

        Geographic location. There’s a Wikipedia page about marmots (wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmot) that lists the different species of marmot. Some species have a very limited habitat like the Vancouver Island marmot, but some have a very large habitat like the groundhog which is found in much of east North America. I don’t know where you took these pictures, so I can’t help you out, but it will take a little research to find out exactly what critter you photographed, though you can take as much time as you need.

        (By the way, you were correct about it being a rodent.)

      • 2gadabout

        The picture was taken in northern Massachusetts.

      • Joel

        Then yes, it is a groundhog. Other species are on the west coast or in Asia.

      • 2gadabout

        I’m glad you took the time to look it up, because I’ve been swamped with a number of things besides trying to beat the heat. Thank you.

      • Joel

        No problem!

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