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Monday, 14 November 2011

Goose town

Just by way of a change, instead of blogging about my chickens, I'm blogging about a flock of  geese.  In fact these very geese plus a few more:-


They're a wild bunch who live in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.   And when I say "in", I do mean in.   Instead of swimming up and down the local rivers and canal, they like nothing better than to spend their time causing traffic chaos in the town.   Especially at rush hour!

They potter off along the main road, totally ignoring the traffic, to whichever bit of Sowerby Bridge they feel like enjoying today.   When they get bored with that bit, off they hike somewhere else - usually at the opposite end of town to where they've just been.

And they have absolutely no respect for traffic rules.   They wander down the middle of the road, often spread out from one side to the other, instead of in an orderly queue.   They ignore red lights, mount the pavement and even sit down for a rest on double yellow lines (I've seen a picture to prove it at http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilt/5919653270/ ).

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the place, it's a small town (population about 10,000) with a long history.   It's been a crossing point on the Calder and Ryburn rivers at least since the Middle Ages.  So I can't help wondering if perhaps they are descendants of geese who lived here all those centuries ago.   It would explain why they think they own the place!

1 comment:

Shell said...

Gorgeous geese :)
I bet with that many wandering around they're very loud. We only have a few geese, and when they start honking it's hard to hear anything else but them :)

I wonder what breeds they are; maybe some are West of England geese. I think they originated in the UK, and the males are white and females are gray and white.