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The Goose Whisperer?

We've had a goose problem at the Celery Farm the past few months.

A domestic meat goose appeared unannounced -- likely dropped off by some clueless person.

Two things: It's a domestic goose and it's really doesn't belong in its current home.

What's more, it can't fly, so it can't leave, and when the first big freeze, the goose will likely be  a Coyote or Red Fox entree du jour.

IMG_6225 (2)Gabrielle Schmitt, one of the Celery Farm's best friends, has been trying to catch the goose and take it to a place where it belongs. That's easier said than done, since Lake Appert is large and meat goose is clueless.

It doesn't swim away from humans, but it doesn't swim toward them either. It doesn't even respond to alluring meat goose calls (that's Gaby on the left summoning the meat goose with a recorded call).

We'll keep you informed of the meat goose's fate.

It even has a name -- Meaty McMeat Goose. Now it needs a home (and a rescue).

(Thanks, Gaby!)

Walt Staab's Duckstravaganza: Part I

As you may recall, Walt Staab has taken some amazing shots of Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Ospreys (and more) at the Celery Farm in the past year.

He has turned his attention to ducks lately, capturing the images of ducks we are often just happy to see. 

Over the next few days, I'll showcase them here.

Can you I.D. them all, including the ones flying above?  (There are five species in today's brood, including some "doubles.")

Coming tomorrow: What kind of landing is that?

Wednesday: Is that a Mallard -- or what? We need your help.

 Walt Staab's Duckstravaganza Part !



Holy Crow! 500,000 Page Views

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I looked at my blog stats yesterday and discovered that "The Celery Farm & Beyond" had its 500,000th page view yesterday. I had lost track.

A big thank you to everyone who has viewed the blog over the years and put up with my so-called humor, sometimes odd enthusiasms and Monday Morning Mysteries.