Unwanted Visitors

3.13.2011

We get so many critters that show up in our yard and in our pond. Some are more than welcome to visit, but some are not.


I love looking at these huge geese, but we know they make a mess and can tear up a yard.
















We have lived here over 15 years and have not had any trouble with geese. Now they show up. Bailey starts barking like crazy and then we know we have visitors outside. We will continue to shew away our unwanted visitors until they learn that this is not their domain.

Hope you have a great day. Going to be beautiful here and spring like.

KIM

All these photos were taken through my sun room windows.

35 comments:

  1. J's Aunt Ruth had a huge lake on her property, until they sold that part of the property and the new owners drained the lake. Until then they had so many geese you could not even walk around the lake or fish. They are beautiful but I totally understand how you feel.

    Surprisingly we never had more than a couple of pairs at our lake, which was right in front of our home, at the farm. It was quiet back in the back pasture, perfect place for goose stopovers! There were other farms and water sources around us. I imagine that is why we never had many geese.

    Wonderful photos!

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  2. We had a yellow whip snake at our house today.... I think I'd rather have the geese visit ;)

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  3. I remember when I was younger that it used to be a rare treat to see a Canada goose. Now, they're everywhere. Go get 'em, Bailey!

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  4. I do love them, but they make such a mess. Sadly, alot of their natural habit has been developed, and this is why they are landing in residential and athletic field areas more often.

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  5. We don't have a pond so no geese here. BUT, the deer are showing up at night right next to our front porch. Not sure just what they are nibbling on there.

    DI

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  6. I would rather have them than snakes too....Christine

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  7. We live on a small lake in Minnesota and those lovely geese not only visit but they stay and have their babies. They are so noisy and messy.

    Amy

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  8. Kim, I know we have them around here too, They are so pretty, But I know they can be a pain in the @#* My neighbor has a fake alligator in his yard and it works I guess they don't know that they don't live in Indiana... LOL

    Pattie

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  9. They are beautiful! I hope they stay at the beautiful visitor phase and don't pass over to the unwelcome guest status! Enjoy the beautiful weather, Kim!

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  10. I bet if you do some research you can find a way to keep them away from landscaping and just near the pond. We have neighbors not too far from here that set off firecrackers to get rid of flocks of birds but not sure if that is legal. There is plenty of conservation nearby. He just wants them to head a few hundred yards away from his house.

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  11. Do you just let Bailey out to claim her space back?

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  12. This is cracking me up Kim! We have had a pair of them just beginning to hang around here. At the last house we had a large pond and we loved watching them raise their little ones but now there are about a hundred living there and I can just imaging the mess they are leaving! The pair that are visiting are obviously scoping us out for a home and I hope they stay..I'll show em who's boss!

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  13. When it rains a lot we get what we call a lake, but really is just some standing water. Everytime the geese and ducks come to hang out and relax around it. They can be such a nuisance, but I try to just think ok- it is nature.

    I hope you have an enjoyable Spring like temp day.

    My best- Diane

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  14. We have so many Canada Geese here in our urban town that they have become a nuisance. Every year the town spray their eggs with oil to prevent the breeding that is goin on at an alarming rate. They no longer migrate in the Winter because people have fed them and they lost the instinct to do so. Our parks are full of goose poop. You can't sit on the grass near the lake nor push a stroller. I say let the dog out....he'll never catch them, but will frightern them away and hopefully imprint on their little brains not to visit you again.

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  15. They don't seem to come around here...I think my two retrievers have something to do with that!

    They are pretty birds.... just don't like the tootsie rolls they leave behind.
    ;)
    A

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  16. Pretty pics out the sunroom window. I have no clue how to get rid of the geese..

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  17. They can get mean also. Recently a couple of them stopped traffic when strolled across a very busy street and post office parking lot. They acted like they owned the place and was not bothered by the cars and people at all.

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  18. Soon those Canadian Geese will be flying back home to my part of the world, and will start pooping in my yard =) They are so pretty, but so messy!

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  19. We have a neighborhood lake, and we have geese all the time. I do not like the mess, either, and I do not walk around the lake anymore. We also have herons and ducks, but they aren't messy. I got a great picture of our resident blue heron. I might post his picture later on next week or something.

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  20. As a Canadian I am always amazed at how these Canadian Geese have ended up in the news here and abroad. I am curious as to whether they have built a nest yet? Perhaps you want to check out this site for answers to your questions...www.on.ec.gc.ca/wildlife/brochures/pdf/geeseshorelines-e.pdf

    This is a publication releasd by the arm of our government that deals with the environment.

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  21. Canada Goose populations are definitely on the rise. Their areas are expanding as well (milder temps, less natural predators and fewer water bodies.) While they are protected, with hefty fines for hurting them or their nests, you may find more information or suggestions at the link in a previous comment, or this one: http://www.wildgoosechasers.com/law.php

    In recent years more and more are not migrating (and returning home therefor the name Resident Canada Goose.) Let us know how it goes.

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  22. I can so relate to your visitors we have them also at our pond one day I bet we had over 100 they were everywhere what a mess and yesterday we had a skunk first in our garage DH got rid of it luckily didn't get sprayed then we had a opossumn in there DH had to get rid of it, that's the fun of living in the country I guess and also having a cat with food out for all the critters to smell!!

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  23. I can just imagine what my dogs would do if geese turned up in the yard. It would drive me nuts! They are pretty though. But my dogs would all be in the windows barking and then every time they'd go out...they'd try to kill them.

    I am so jealous that you are off to Scott's today. I hope you took a camera. And can't wait to see what you bring home. I'm still painting. I'm getting ready to do the last (I hope) coat on the chairs. Which will be coat number 4..but might have to do a fifth coat in some spots. Whew! Then I'll start on the buffet.

    I'm going to distress these and am wondering if I should cover all with rub on poly after done. Since this furniture will be sat on and table used more than other pieces of furniture I've painted. I didn't put poly on my french desk when I painted it years ago and it's held up just fine....but wonder if a dining room set needs extra protection. Would like to know what you think.

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  24. I can tell you these guys will take over! I live near Sweetwater State Park and they are everywhere!!

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  25. We have had to rope off our beach at the lakehouse as the geese droppings have bacteria in them. Yuk!

    XO,
    Jane

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  26. But they are so beautiful, Kim! I understand about the mess though.
    Brenda

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  27. I love looking at them but I have heard that they make a mess!

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  28. They're likely on their way to us, here in Northern Canada! Nice to see them, already. They can be nasty, vicious birds, though, too. Be wary.

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  29. "Tis the season we have had two mallards land in our pool this past week. Oh my they can be messy little critters. KS

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  30. WEll, they probably stopped off there on their way to MY hosue! lol Last year my husband fed them and I could have gladly smothered him in his sleep....(just kidding internet police;>) I hope they bypass us this year. They leave a huge mess...and CAN be a bit mean! xxoo Diana

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  31. Oh, my husband would be tempted...(goose for dinner?) I think they're protected, though. Hoping they don't stay long at your pond!

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  32. I think they are beautiful birds and I love when they fly over us going north or south. We sometimes hear them in the field behind our house...BUT, I know what a mess they make and I wouldn't want them in my yard.

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  33. Hello Kim,
    I was just listening to an NPR broadcast about invasive wildlife species. The bird expert said all those geese you seeing hanging around lakes and neighborhood ponds are not the same spieces as true Canadian Geese that migrate. These geese are actually all decendants of abandoned geese that were once pets in peoples homes. They bought them for their children in the spring most likely and then did not want them when they grew to be full size and not 'cute' anymore. Isn't that interesting??

    Janet xox

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  34. Oh Kim - shoo them away as fast and as often as you can. Stay home and do it every hour if you have to. If they stay and hatch goslings you'll be sorry - we were!

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  35. Harrassing the geese is not uncommon or illegal. I work at a marina and they completely destroy our grounds, if we let them. We have worked closely with the wildlife agency here for years. There are many harmless methods you can try. If that does not work, you can obtain a permit to kill only a few. The idea behind this (and it works) is that if you kill one or two, the others will leave. They are highly intelligent birds and this is the only method that has worked for us. I hate and despise that we do this, but we literally tried everything. It was costing us thousands of dollars in groundskeeping per year to fix their mess.

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