We are not unique, but still we’re a sight
We are beautiful and widely spread
Some like us well, some call us pests
We’re loud, with gray clothes and a black head.
We have to stick together, to keep us safe
We’re defensive, rude, and possessive too.
There are predators all over us
Old ones, known ones and a few new ones too.
We’re in danger, every time, every day
Coyotes, bears, foxes, dogs, they all can kill
Birds of prey, crows, badgers are danger
But we’re defensive, and holding on, still.
We are monogamous, which simply means for you
We mate for life, once we found our match.
We stay together all our life,
Convinced we’ll never find a better catch.
We share our life and do things together
From traveling to building nests
We’re carrying all our burdens as a couple
Including eggs, fleas and other pests.
Our babies can be numerous,
They have been counted, up to sometimes nine.
But an average of five, is considered normal
And to us, that’s good, and we’ll be fine.
We travel in unexpected heights, you can guess?
Normal is up in the air, at 3200 feet.
We fly in formation, forming a letter
And the V isn’t for victory, or mainly to greet.
We can be found all over Eurasia, the Americas
And further North, as our name should tell.
We can find our way through thousands of miles
Through sunshine, heaven, and sometimes Hell.
It is horrible that we are not only prey for mammals
We’re also demanded for human food.
No matter what, humans are dangerous
And they don’t contribute to our good mood.
They have been known to threaten us and our loved ones
They clear out our nests, kick us and shy us away
They have been known to run us over on purpose
Hoping we’d end up on their serving tray.
By now you should have found out who we are
Despite calling us pests, for our droppings and fleas
Still, you love to see our nests and the babies
And yes… we are called: Canada Geese.
(Copyright, Aurora Jean Alexander, April 2023)
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