This Canada goose showed up all alone at the mall near our place a few weeks ago. At first, we thought he was injured--but he seemed all right and had a healthy appetite. As you can see, he's certainly not shy! He not only cheerfully accepted food from people waiting for the bus, he was only too happy to let Collin take his photograph.
I contacted the World Bird Sanctuary, but was told they only work with birds of prey. They referred me to a wild bird rehabilitation group. But by that time, our feathered friend had tired of life at the mall and moved on. Or so we thought. The other day, we were out and about...and spotted what I believe to be the same goose, all alone near the Metrolink station in Shrewsbury eight miles away. Normally, in fall and winter there are maybe a hundred geese at that spot along the River des Peres (a rather fancy name for a large combination sanitation and storm sewer). Monday, there was just one.
Makes me think of Igor in the movie Fly Away Home.
I wonder what happened to him or her. Did he sustain enough of an injury that left him unable to fly, to return to Canada with the rest of the geese? If so, why isn't he headed home now? If he's stuck here, maybe we should just adopt him....