Goosebumps and geese.


Well, I don’t know about you, but I have really enjoyed this recent spate of cooler, September-like weather, especially, since we all know that these cooler temps are not a precursor to Fall and Winter – not yet anyway. The fact that the longer days and warmer weather will languish for another ten weeks or more, makes the cooler mornings even more delightful.

It seems that the month of June has slipped right through my fingers. Those several rainy mornings, the siege of contractors and their messy aftermath, plus errands to “fix” the chaos and clutter in the basement and garage, have sorely interrupted my walking regimen.

Thankfully, the end was finally in sight yesterday when I got the A/C fixed in my car, plus I received an “Atta girl” from the mechanics when they noted how much I’ve driven the car since I last had in the shop. I grinned, then grimaced and said I was neck-in-neck with my walking miles right now and I had to fix that quickly and make miles on two feet, not four tires.

The shop vac and filters, cleaning supplies aplenty, plus a few quarts of cement and wall paint have been assembled and ready to put into action when I tackle the basement, once I return from walking on Saturday morning.

Having dispensed with everything and everyone on the to-do list, I was ready to get back into the walking regimen on a regular basis … and pronto. I actually started back in earnest last Saturday, but today was the first day without a mental checklist of things to do and I could focus on just enjoying the walk.

I slipped on a light coat to thwart the goosebumps, then stepped out early to head down to Council Point Park to enjoy the cool air, and the peaceful setting along the perimeter path.

A songbird or two called out to me; their pleasant trilling was a treat to my ears.

The plentiful pond lilies floated lazily atop the murky Creek water. Every so often a small fish would pop up for air, tiny bubbles appearing on the calm water, and it would disturb those lily pads momentarily.  But absent were my larger feathered friends, so there was no reason to grab the camera for a photo opportunity since the turtles weren’t sunning themselves and the squirrels once again were nowhere to be found.

So, there might have been goosebumps at the Park but no geese … so, what’s the deal?

On my recent trips to the Park, there was not a single goose to be found. I figured the DNR had sprayed the grass with goose deterrent to keep the gaggles of geese, who often graze there, at bay. But, over the weekend I heard a rep from the DNR on WWJ.  The subject of the story was complaints about the geese feasting on their lawns or gathering near waterfront properties.  She stated the geese sightings are scarce since geese molt in June and early July.  They have lost their flight feathers, thus they cannot fly.

So, where do all those geese go until they get all their feathers back?

They’re not walking around in the Park, nor are they gliding down the middle of the Creek.

Another one of life’s great mysteries I guess.

I’m sharing a picture of a goose that got in my face a few weeks ago at Council Point Park.

Going forward, it sounds as though Mother Nature might be as cantankerous as this gander was, since she is sending another heat wave our way – ugh.

Soon those goosebumps, just like the geese, will be long gone.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Goosebumps and geese.

  1. Marge says:

    I didn’t know they lost their flight feathers and couldn’t fly. I hope it doesn’t get boiling hot. Good luck walking.


    • lindasschaub says:

      I learned something new too Marge. The woman from the DNR said the geese molt in June/July and thus they are unable to fly at all … they also suggested for people who were dealing with geese problems on their property, to spray a mixture of grape juice concentrate on the lawn and geese will not graze there. The heat has already started and the volatile storms which come with that hot and sticky weather are on the horizon unfortunately..


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………so…………..that’s why there all of these loose goose feathers all over the place lately……………………………I learn all the time


  3. lindasschaub says:

    Yes, I figured you would be interested to know that Ann Marie – I heard the lady from the DNR last weekend on WWJ and also talking about spraying grape concentrate on the lawn to keep the geese away … wonder if that is what they spray in the Park? After seeing all those families of geese, and now none – very strange … not even seeing ducks these days, so I wonder if they also molt at this time? Canaries molted in the Summertime as well – same for Digger?


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