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Southbound again

I took our oldest dog out tonight so she could check her p-mail. As we stepped into the dark yard, I heard geese overhead.

That's not unusual. Our southwestern New York winters are cold and snowy, but a good number of Canada geese still spend winters here.

As the dog nosed around the yard, I noticed that I could still hear the geese. I listened closely. These were not locals flying a low altitude. They were flying high, in large numbers. And their cries were more shrill than the honking of Canada geese.

They were tundra swans, making their annual flight to the Chesapeake Bay area. It was a different experience to hear them but not see them—and it was reassuring. Even though we may not see it, the world turns on.


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Dec. 4th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Beautiful and melancholy.
Dec. 4th, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
It was neat to hear them without seeing them—although there's always something special about seeing a couple of hundred birds thousands of feet up, flying south in huge V's.
Dec. 4th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Awesome observation
Dec. 4th, 2013 03:35 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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