"One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring."
— Aldo Leopold
I am not sure if the river in town stayed open enough for the Canada Geese to stay all winter. I know that they were fed everyday this spring. If they are feed everyday they then become resident geese and not migratory geese. It is usually lack of open water and lack of a food source that drive them south. The Canada Goose can be found in all of the lower 48 states at one time or another during the year.
Did you know that a flock of 50 Canada Geese can poop two and a half tons a year? Now that is a pile of poop.
When we lived at the resort the four dogs (Shelties) kept them off in the water, if not I ended up down there with a rake and a shovel cleaning up after them.
My sister had so many when she and her former husband lived at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in the UP of Michigan that she had a sign on the outside of her door that said “Goose Poop Remove Your Shoes.”
I have always liked the Canada Goose..they mate for life. They are very loyal to their group and will usually return to the same area where they were born. Last years young stays to help the parents raise the new chicks..it is a group effort.
I saw a small flock at the Dead Beaver Area a number of years ago. When I stopped to watch them they surrounded the chicks. People could learn much from wild creatures if they just took the time to watch.
There is one loud mouth in every group.. the continual honking must drive the neighbors nuts..oh well if you live on the river..then you have to put up with the residents:)