Proverbs & Photographs –

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus give you all of his blessings, and great peace of heart and mind. I Corinthians 1:3


I consider feeding ducks and geese one of my blessings. It is also one of my earliest happiest memories. When young, I fed the ducks in a park near the James River in Newport News, Virginia, the hometown of my paternal grandparents. I visited ducks in McDonald, Pennsylvania too. My grandmother would walk me to her neighbor’s yard to see his flock of ducks. The waddle and quack of ducks brings me great peace of heart and mind.

The raucous cries and whistles on this short video are the seagulls flying about my head. They also had their fair share of stale Cheerios and bread.

Please excuse the shakiness of the video, it’s not easy to keep the camera steady while tossing bread with one hand and getting your fingers nipped by a hungry duck’s bill.

Peculiarities – Geese in December

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Are you old enough to remember the days when flocks of geese really did fly south? The geese in this area don’t seem to follow that rule anymore. Here are a few I photographed yesterday in a local lake.

A great article explaining why geese don’t fly south anymore can be found here: Why Geese Don’t Fly South

While I was photographing the resident birds, I caught sight of this strange duck. It resembles birds we see when we vacation on Block Island in Rhode Island. Anyone know it’s name? I doubt I will see it next time I visit the lake.

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Phascination – Mother Goose/Season of the Goslings

My favorite goose is guarding a brood of eggs and goslings. In the photograph above you can see a glimpse of the egg she has her foot upon. I am thrilled to see this. She often hatches interesting “hybrid” geese and ducks.

Here are a few of her babies from the past, as far as I can tell, crosses between the white goose, mallards and wild geese. I love going to Alcyon Lake to see the “odd” assortment of waterfowl, courtesy of “Blue Eyes,” as I call the old girl. She has been in the park for years. I don’t know how long ducks and geese live, but I hope in her case it is a long, long time.

There are geese and ducklings everywhere. Spring has sprung!