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Yes it's sad to say, as I was outside here in this quiet little town I heard that honking up in the sky. Indeed yesterday I saw " V " type formations of Canada Geese flying off to the South, sometimes in small groups of 5 or 6 and even flights of 30 birds or more. What is so sad about this leaving of these birds one may ask ? Well it is a sure sign that Winter is gradually coming nearer and in this part of Canada it gets very cold ( Brrrr ). Excuse me a minute, need to go outside and check the plug-in cords on the front of my vehicles. Poor old machines must be kept warm when Winter sneaks in ---
All the more time to stay indoor & listen to nostalgic songs.
Thanks for the post and the link Artfizz. My favourite Gordon Lightfoot song is probably his " The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald ". Mind you as a fan of ships and such it stands to reason I guess ( back about 50 years ago I crossed the Atlantic on a Ocean-liner, quite a trip ).
Yes, just a couple of days ago several flocks of the old honkers flew over again, makes me envious to see them headed for warmer places. Also makes me wish I could be a snow bird, tho not like in Anne Murray's song lol.
Had a flock of 83 geese in the park across from my house on Sunday ( so big my neighbor actually counted them). I'm a Gordon Lightfoot fan as well. Got to see him in concert two years ago. Very entertaining. It was an outdoor venue and as soon as he commenced "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" a thunderstorm hit appropriately enough. He played on to conclusion. I thought it would have made a great live track with the sounds of the storm accompanying the song. Incidentally, Gordon looks a little older now than the photo above.
Thanks for the post 1pawndown. If I remember correctly Gordon is in his early 70's now, also he had some serious health problems a couple of years ago. I'm happy to report that he seems to hve recovered quite well and is back touring again. As an aside to Canada geese, back when I lived on a farm many years ago we used to raise a dozen or so tame geese each year. They were quite the characters, if they got mad at you they would try to chase you around the yard lol.
I have around two dozen Lightfoot albums - but it's a tough call to be restricted to a single favourite song. Song For A Winter's Night is up there though. And Affair on 8th Avenue (which could be a reference to a queen promotion?)
Lightfoot owned a yacht named the Golden Goose.
Bumper sticker seen on a goose: 'Honk if you like Gordon Lightfoot'.
Thanks again for the posts Artfizz. Wow --- that must be quite a collection of LPs to include so many of Gordon's records. I think that you should be nominated as the number One Gordon Lightfoot fan on this site ! Thanks also for the info on his yacht, I had not heard the name of it to the best of my memory. Adios for now.
Well it's been quiet on the " honker " front, many of the geese must have left the area allready. However about 20 feet outside of my living room window I've got a bird feeder and several Blue-Jays have been stopping by, truly beautiful birds.
Thanks for posting the photo Ponnupazoozu, just looking at it makes me hungry lol. Earlier in this thread I mentioned that many years ago we used to raise about a dozen Geese every year and they were very tasty ( plus one of those type of birds had a very important role in the original " Christmas Carol " movie lol ).
Update: well the Geese seem to be long gone now. Had some light snow overnight, however most of it had melted away by noon. It seems we are quite lucky on the Winter front tho as I gather that a big Snowstorm is happening on the Eastern side of North America.
Some confusion here among a few Canada Geese because 3 days ago I saw a flock of 10 to 12 of them flying towards the North-West. I wanted to yell at them you are going the wrong way you dummies. On their course at that time they were headed towards the Yukon ( hmmm Gold Rush Geese lol ).
Well all that I can say at this time of year is BAH HUMBUG !!! Mind you it's not that I hate Christmas, it is a very important Religious holiday after all. The endless ads for us to go out and spend more and more money do get tiresome tho. However the weather is my main complaint. Al Gore ( on his way to get his Nobel prize ) promised me some Global warming but it will soon be cold enough around here to freeze the tail off a brass monkey. The glass half full people would say cheer up, it will only be 4 or 5 months and the weather will warm up. And then those sneaky Geese will return to fill the air will their honking. Long live the Honkers !!! lol
Well there is good news and bad news. The good news is that there are no Geese to be heard, however that is also the bad news lol. The good news part is that all of the Geese have gone to areas where it is warm. The bad part is that since the Geese have not come back we are not near Spring yet. Oh well one of these days ---
Are you calling Britain warm? It was only +10 degrees (50 deg. F) yesterday.
Thanks for leaving a post Artfizz. Well one example of how our Weather is different over here goes back to the 1950s when we first started to get a lot of European cars over here. At first none of these cars had any provision for a Electrical plug in at the front to be used to keep the motor warm so that the car can be re-started the next day.
Thanks for leaving such a encouraging post Joseph-S. A couple of month to go and the " Honkers " should return ( a true sign of Spring when one hears them sound off ).
Well no change is the situation yet but I did see a old black Crow the other day. Oh and I also saw a couple of small birds ( like Barn swallows ) in a bush outside my living room window 2 days ago. The little critters did not look happy as I've been too lazy to put any bird-feed out recently.
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