Mes Canadiens

Mes Canadiens

September is when my Canadians come to visit.  I expect to see them in about a week.  I refer to them as "mine" because they always stop and spend time on my beach.  A small wetland across the road drains into the bay and they stop here for a drink of fresh water.

Stopping by for a drink

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) are year-around residents here according to Birdweb, but I only see them in September.  This tells me these birds are on migration, snowbirds heading for winter homes in California and Mexico.  I am reminded of a scene in the remarkable film Winged Migration in which Canada Geese are seen catching a drink in Monument Valley, Utah.

Crusin' to Mexico

After getting a drink, they will sometimes sleep in the sun with heads tucked under wings. This is a pleasant site, and I am glad they feel comfortable here.  I have been observing their annual arrivals for more than twenty years.  They are so predictable, their visits can be used to set the cosmic clock.

See ya next year

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