Thursday, August 28, 2008

honker stalker?

Tuesday night, we went out on a pontoon ride. It was great to get out and enjoy our lake. It is getting a little chillier in the evening, but we have to take advantage of ever moment we have before winter. So, we were out trolling slowly along the shoreline, when a goose decided to fly over to us and land in the water right in front of the pontoon! I kid you not, it was so strange! I was driving at the time, so I was freaking out a bit, because I did NOT want to run the goose over. So, Terry directed me in the direction to back up and go around the goose. The bird stayed along the side of the boat, then it trailed behind a bit. Soon, the bird honked it's horn and flew up to land beside the pontoon again! It was so incredibly weird, and amazing all at the same time. I have never seen a goose act like that. This happened a few more times, then we went faster to the middle of the lake where we played "sea gull bowling." OK, it really isn't as bad as it sounds. We have a gazillion sea gulls on our lake this time of year, and they take up a good section of the lake. So, we started the tradition of driving fast toward them and they all take off. It really does look cool to see all those birds taking off from the water. I know it sounds a bit mean, considering they all probably get the snot scared out of them, but it is good humor to us.
So, last night, our friends were over (and it was great to see them, by the way) and we went out on a ride. We had told them about our little goose friend. We were hoping the goose would come out again. So, we were driving near the site where he came out the previous night. We saw a goose sitting on the shoreline, but it didn't respond to us. We figured that it maybe wasn't the same one. The kids were a bit bummed, and we kept on with our ride. About 5-10 minutes later, we hear the "honk," and sure enough our little honkin' stalker was back. Nathaniel brought some bread with and fed him, so I think that made him happy. He did stick with us for quite awhile. I still laugh at the whole thing. It is pretty strange, and we really don't know what to make of it. Maybe he is an orphan? Maybe he gets a lot of snacks from boaters, or is he a pet?
***We may never know~~***


Anonymous said...

Maybe he read "Make Way for Ducklings" and decided to see if he, too, could adopt a certain pond/lake where people would kindly feed him bread.

Qtpies7 said...

That is hysterical!
NOt very goose-like of him, but I would love to see it.

jpandtheboys said...

honk honk!! :) I will post some pictures at some point. :) It was such a fun night. I can't wait until we can do it again.