An Evening Concert of a Different Kind

23 Nov

 Last evening as my family gathered in the livingroom to watch television and read I asked them if they heard the neighbor’s dogs barking last night.  They said they did.  At times it can get very loud with some dogs barking at their own echo back across the lake.  Last night I could hear something down by the lake but it didn’t sound like dogs barking.

We shut off the TV and opened the livingroom windows in hopes of seeing what was making the noises we were hearing.    We heard the honking of hundreds of geese on the lake but we couldn’t see them because it was too dark.

It started off slow and soft with only a few and then the rest would join in until the lake echoed with the sound of geese honking.  Then it would die down to only a few and then silence.  We listened and heard nothing more.  We tried turning on the outside light to catch a glimpse of how many were on the lake but it was too dark.  Finally we bundled up again the cold northerly winds off the lake and walked down to see our choir. 

In the shadows we could see hundreds of geese bouncing on the waves of the lake.  They must have felt or heard our presence because they began once again with their song.  Slow and soft, just a few and then louder.  It seems the choir director was off to our left for the song always began from our left and moved from left to right until all the geese  were singing in the choir.

The bitterly cold north winds chased us back inside but could still hear the geese off and on throughout the evening and then around 10:30 they stopped their song.  I thought maybe they left but if I looked closely with the binoculars I could still see their profiles bobbing up and down on the lake in the darkness.

This morning the first thing I did was glance down to the shore of the lake hoping for a glimpse or maybe an opportunity for a picture but sadly they were gone, perhaps venturing to someplace warmer.  I know I would be if I were a goose. 

Keep warm and bobbing through the waves of life today!


Posted by on November 23, 2010 in Nature


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6 responses to “An Evening Concert of a Different Kind

  1. sunshineinlondon

    November 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

    It sounds so lovely. And noisy. And cold. I felt like I walked to the lake with you – how special that the geese put on a farewell concert for you.
    Sunshine xx

  2. flyinggma

    November 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Soon it will be time for the lake to give its concert. As it freezes it makes a moaning and groaning sound. Sounds very eerie, almost like it is in pain as it makes ice.

    • The Sidebar Review

      November 23, 2010 at 8:25 pm

      Wow, really? I never thought about the lake making sounds as it’s freezing.

  3. flyinggma

    November 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    It’s pretty cool sounding and in the spring when it starts breaking up it can sound like tinkling bells. So magical!

  4. 36x37

    November 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Lovely! I think it’s really wonderful your whole family stopped what you were doing to appreciate a bit of nature together. So few people do that.

    In Columbus, there are lots of geese, but they’re regularly fed by river visitors, and so they’re a bit lazy and cantankerous. But your geese sound beautiful.

  5. flyinggma

    November 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    We have lazy geese in Minnesota as well but we are in a rural area so they are not quite so tame or lazy as the city fed geese.


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