Until the mid-1960’s we knew Canada Geese as spring and fall migrants, and thrilled to see the migrating V’s from gray October and early April skies.
About that time a breeding population became established at various points in southern Ontario and, encouraged by winter feeding and gleaning from mechanically harvested corn fields and golf courses, they have wintered in ever increasing numbers.
I saw and heard 100’s flying over this morning at Port Darlington Beach near Bowmanville.
Port Darlington has a long history as a holiday beach and marina area:
Thus wears the month along, in checker’d moods,
Sunshine and shadows, tempests loud, and calms;
One hour dies silent o’er the sleepy woods,
The next wakes loud with unexpected storms. – John Clare (1793–1864)