Friday, April 22, 2011

The Geese of Pasadena High

 For a week or more we've noticed geese on the grass in front of PHS and in the Sierra Madre Blvd. median.  This morning I saw these two geese resting on the median in front of the Home of the Bulldogs.
With all the traffic and commotion, I can't imagine why the geese choose the median as a resting place.   But, they seem unruffled by the cars whizzing by and perfectly able to relax.  

Last year my son got a shot of two geese and their goslings walking along Washington Blvd. on the east side of PHS.   This photo was taken May 5 a year ago.  Makes me wonder if goslings are in the future for the pair sitting in front of PHS this year.

Geese are apparently one of the most talkative animals (after humans of course).   Not sure how all this works but baby geese begin communicating with their parents while still in the egg and scientists have identified 13 different goose calls with different meanings.   

If anyone knows about geese -- what they eat, where they nest, ect. I hope you'll leave a comment. 


Petrea Burchard said...

I've seen geese at Hahamongna for the first time this year as well. And did you see the huge flock they had at the Arboretum? Gorgeous and messy, like rock stars.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

"Gorgeous and messy, like rock stars" thats a great line.

I don't know when these guys showed up on the scene. Maybe just another example of how the outlawed use of DDT has effected the avian population. The shells are thicker, the grass greener, the fruit sweeter etc

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog.

Laurie said...

Wow, that's so cool! I see geese at the Huntington, but it seems more normal there. This is great.