Friday, May 4, 2012

Canada Geese freak me out

There are plenty of challenges that come with running.  One of them is probably the wildlife.  Now, I won't deny that I've had issues with dogs.  Unless it's an off leash area, keep them on a leash.  And as for terrifying, aggressive german shepherds that chase me?  Well, enough said.

This post, however, is not about dogs.  It's about a close runner up in the scary wildlife department.

Canada Geese.

Seriously.  These things are freaky.  My most used running routes pass ponds and rivers and therefore, I sometimes have to go through flocks of these things.  They hiss and spit.  I envision myself being surrounded by them and then engulfed, never to be heard of again.

I thought a flock was the scariest thing to go through, but I was wrong.  On Tuesday, I was running.  It was a rainy, drizzly day, so the paths were pretty much deserted. 

Except for me.  

And a Canada Goose.

Just one.

It's like he was sitting there waiting for me.  Right next to the path.  "Don't make eye contact," I thought, as I carried on and ran past.  "Hssssss," he said as I went past him.  I was doing an out and back route, but I detoured a bit on the back part so that I could avoid him.

Then yesterday, I was running again.  He was there again.  All by himself.  (I swear, it was the same one!)  He's stalking me.  I don't know what's going on in his head.  Is he watching my route so he can report back to his buddies?  I might be having nightmares about scary geese.



  1. You are right to be nervous. Right up there with "Don't mess with the mouse" in the rules for life department is "Don't mess with the goose". They are very strong, and have many buddies. You probably can't even imagine what nasty bacteria is on their beaks, what with fishing around in stagnant ponds and such.

  2. Haha such a funny post! My older brother got bite by a goose or a swan when we were younger....makes me laugh just thinking about it! (only because it wasn't me!)

  3. Weird - we have a ton of geese around here and I've never seen one act like that.

  4. A few years ago, I had a red-winged blackbird that would always attack me when I ran by. It was scary! Came really close at one point too.... so much so that I changed my entire running route to avoid the crazy bird. It did make me run faster when it was coming at me though. LOL

  5. OMG!!!! I HATE them too! the lake I run around has a bunch of them. They get fed a lot and there for tend to come after you looking for food...scary....

  6. Geese are scary! We have some that hang out in the lake next to my office. I've been hissed at and spit at many times and it scares the crap out of me.

  7. My friend has a stalker goose, who waits for her near the parking lot of her office. It's unsettling!

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  10. There is a lake in the grounds of our office building, which means geese. Hundreds of them. And currently they have goslings, which makes them even more aggressive and full of attitude than normal.
    I hate the way they stare at you, hiss, and if you have the audacity not to retreat instantly, start moving towards you with their wings extended and beaks open. I watched a group of ducks on the lake the other day, swimming along peacefully. Suddenly, half a dozen geese bundled into the middle of them, sending the ducks scattering in all directions. Once the ducks had gone, the geese sat there looking pleased with themselves. They did it for a laugh.
    These geese also think nothing of strutting slowly across the driveway, directly in front of moving cars without a care in the world. In fact, I swear they wait until a car is coming and then move across as slowly as possible, stopping only to stare out the driver. Nasty creatures.