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Kentucky Color - Late or early?
Great flocks of migrating Canada Geese used to be seen as heralds of a season in rural Kentucky. Now small numbers are permanent residents. At Hopewell Acres - the Chowning Place on Crocus Creek in Amandaville, Cumberland County, KY - they are as common as livestock would be on most any South Central Kentucky farm
By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry
Late or early, that is the first thought that comes to mind every time I see Canada Geese during late Spring and Summer here in the Great Wooded South. The reality is that the answer is most likely, neither.
As a child and young adult I still remember the honking of groups of hundreds overhead on their way South in the Fall and back North in the Spring. Our small farm pond would be covered at times when the Geese would land to rest and graze on the surrounding hillside pastures.
For the most part they only made these stops in the Fall. I always tended to believe that often times they would have less than optimum tail winds to provide the lift needed to clear the Ridge which is 200 to 300 feet higher than most of the terrain they had been flying over after crossing the Muldraugh Ridge on their way South.
Because of a number of environmental factors such as climate change and food sources we no longer see or hear those great migrating flocks around these parts.
The honking of Canada Geese has been replaced by the gargling of Sandhill Cranes. These days about all the Canada Geese we see are local residents that most probably don't migrate at all.
I suspect these three Geese a-wading and four Geese a-swimming at Hopewell Acres on Crocus Creek would fit into that category. - by Billy Joe Fudge
This story was posted on 2012-06-14 06:27:16
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