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On Guard

March 28, 2009

I was running errands today and went to the new Lowe’s to buy paint for my birdhouse I am building. (more on that later)

Since I want to do some detail painting, I headed across the parking lot to Michael’s craft store for some teeny weeny paint brushes.

I parked the van and got out, and noticed I was being watched. By this guy.

watchingme

He look so cute, but he was standing in the middle of the road. I approached him and he moved towards me. “Awwe, how cute, he’s curious”  I thought.  I was holding out my Blackberry trying to take more pictures, when it became very apparent he was not cute and curious at all. He was angry, very angry. He rushed me and hissed.

angry

That’s when I figured it out. He was guarding the nest. I spotted his partner sitting in the middle of the parking lot island right next to my van, snuggled up to a fire hydrant.

nesting

I gingerly went the long way around and found my way into the store, warning other people who seemed tempted to approach the “cute little goose”.

I didn’t end up buying the paint brushes there. Are you kidding me? $12 for 4 little brushes? I’m only painting a birdhouse. I can get them at the dollar store thank you very much.

So on my way out the Goose was ready for me. He stood between me and my van. As I approached him he starting hissing again. I tried taking more pictures, but again he rushed me. I got a little scared, because I don’t really know if Geese are dangerous. Seriously, I don’t know, it’s not something that’s ever come up. I’ve never heard of someone getting mauled by a goose, but it could happen right? Anyway, I decided to try to zip past him. Except I forgot my chair was not in high gear. So here I am, zipping along as fast as I can, with a goose literally chasing me across the parking lot while hissing. He chased me about 30 feet, well past my van.  When he stopped I kept going another 10 feet or so before turning around and looking back.

That’s when I noticed a guy standing by his car.  He had been watching the whole thing and was laughing so hard I thought he was going to pee himself.  Mr. Goose was pacing and keeping an eye on me.

guarding

I got into my van safely but when I backed out he was blocking me from leaving. He stood in front of my van and would not move. A woman came out of the store and came over to tell me the Goose was guarding his nest. Yes I know, thank you, I’ve met the goose.

Then she rushed the Goose waving her arms and making loud noises. He hissed, but he cooperated and moved along.  He didn’t peck at her, or bite, or rip out her carotid with one quick movement of his razor sharp beak. She is either remarkably courageous, or ridiculously lucky.

I smiled and thanked her as I drove away,  wondering if she knew that she had just cheated death.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2009 7:10 pm

    Interestingly, I have found other instances of this. Sadly, I think it’s what happens when we flatten wildlife habitats to build hideous shopping malls.

    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/18880799.html

    http://ydr.inyork.com/ydr/zipcodes/ci_8965864

  2. March 28, 2009 7:27 pm

    They will hiss and bite you, but even more important is to avoid their Wings Of Doom – they’re very strong and can seriously injure you! It is for this reason that I carry a coffee container filled with cracked corn for them in the back of my car.. as a distraction!

  3. March 28, 2009 10:22 pm

    Syl, I can well imagine how funny it must have looked this goose chasing you in your chair…but I can also imagine how daunting it must have been for you being about at eye level with the beast, I mean goose. LOL Sorry. Glad you did not become injured from your ordeal other than your ruffled feathers that is…your pride! lololololol

  4. Carm permalink
    March 29, 2009 8:49 am

    Omg…. I am laughing so hard!!…. (sorry Syl) but that is sooo funny… just the image…. Glad you weren’t hurt… Not quite sure what they would do if they actually catch you… I usually run the other way when they come at me…

    all I know about geese is that they won’t poop unless their feet are on the ground…. usually on my lawn.

  5. healthykitty permalink
    March 29, 2009 10:48 pm

    Oh my gosh – I so wish someone had filmed that. It would have made the rounds for sure! Geese are a bit scary. I am always careful this time of year to keep myself between geese and my kids. They are totally at eye-peck-out-level. Not a happy thought.
    Thank you so much for sharing this story!

  6. March 31, 2009 5:00 pm

    those guys freak me out too. it’s just that they are so big and clearly aggressive.

    I’d walk around them too. 🙂

    at the same time, it’s cool they are so protective of their eggs. 🙂

  7. March 31, 2009 7:08 pm

    Your post reminds me when I was a little girl and got too close to a goose’s nest on my great uncle’s farm, it was truly terrifying! I have heard of geese breaking people’s arms with their wings though, I don’t know if it’s true, I haven’t “snoped” it but I’m glad you got out of there safe and sound. I am wondering why the geese chose that spot for their nest though? There’s no large bodies of water around Michael’s parking lot.

  8. darklightwrites permalink
    April 9, 2009 7:50 pm

    Geese can do some serious damage. We have had them nesting in the parking lots of both of my last 2 places of employment for probably 15 years now. They will peck you, hit you with their wings. Apparently a couple of people at work ended up with some pretty serious bruises and injuries because of the geese last year. After nesting season they calm down, but while they’re nesting, give them a wide berth.

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