I heard the geese before I started skiing toward them, but there were more than I expected.
Stopping a distance away, I tried to sneak in with the zoom on my phone’s camera. I snapped a few shots, and they started honking,.
Although I hadn’t moved any closer, they no longer liked swimming around.
As I set the camera to video, they flew away together.
This time of year, Canada geese are returning from the south, but that doesn’t mean I shooed away a flock that is traveling farther north.
Many geese live year-round in Pennsylvania, a change from two generations ago.
Before 1935, no geese wintered here, the Pennsylvania Game Commission says in a “Wildlife Note” about the birds.
Since then, hunting restrictions took effect and captive geese have been released to build up flocks.
At golf courses like the Valley Country Club in Conyngham where I watched the flock today, geese can become a nuisance because of their droppings and willingness to charge a golfer playing through.
Golf courses and parks can attract geese, although I never saw flocks of them at the VCC pond until last year when they also visited the pond in March.
Groundskeepers can obtain federal licenses to addle eggs to prevent geese from multiplying and feeling at home on their green spaces.
Last year, the flock didn’t nest on the golf course, and I’ll keep watching to see if they take up residence.