HONK HONK! Glad we have your attention! It’s not unusual while shore fishing to encounter Canada geese lining up along area waters this time of year as they start their nests. Just remember to give those mothers a wide berth while on their eggs or tending to their young! We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Fab Five. A handful of geese work the edge of last season’s field near Washburn, N.D. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 5/11 – Warmup begins. Hi 57, Lo 38, Winds E@10.
Tomorrow: Sat 5/12 – Calm & Comfortable Hi 62, Lo 40, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:13AM Sunset: 9:06PM
Moonrise: 4:45AM Moonset 4:40PM
Overhead: 10:38AM Underfoot: 11:01PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (17% Full)
EDGE HOUR 4:00-5:00PM. Call it an early weekend and get on fish recovering from their frontal funk with moonset in today’s Edge Hour.
BEST NEST. Female Canada geese will lay their eggs along riverbanks and other wetland areas that are usually up higher than the rest of the terrain, for good viewing of the surrounding spaces. Oftentimes, well camouflaged even with the mother sitting on it, unaware anglers will walk by without noticing them. However, get too close and you’re bound to hear the sibilant HISSSS! of an angry goose.
MOTHER OF THE MONTH. A mother Canada goose will sit on the eggs for anywhere from 25 to 30 days until they hatch. She leaves the nest only briefly to make short feeding forays and sticks by her clutch until they hatch. The male often stands guard somewhere nearby during this time.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE. Sometimes mother geese take on multiple broods, or take turns leading them as the goslings grow, and a number of young birds from different parents run together. Reminds me of my house in summer as a kid.
Don’t forget Sunday is Mother’s Day! Stay Sharp!