Saturday, June 23, 2012

Let Sleeping Geese Stand

One morning last week, Wayne woke up early and saw an interesting sight. I'm a late sleeper, but he though it was important enough to wake me up. Two Canada Geese were sleeping on the boom log in front of our cabin. Amazingly, they were standing on one leg with heads tucked under their wings.

I woke one up, but he stayed standing on one leg. With such a huge body weight (about 3-9 kg/7-20 lbs), it must take a lot of strength and balance to sleep that way.

I told Wayne to keep an eye on them. After all, this isn't a bed and breakfast resort. Geese have been known to hop on my floating garden and have a snack. I told our friend Ed, and later I got this in my email.

He always has an interesting sense of humour. And no, the geese didn't drop in for a bite. They took off to have their morning meal somewhere else on the lake. -- Margy


  1. Great photos of the geese, and lovely reflections of them too. I too, wonder how they sleep balanced on one leg. If that was me, I'd be in the water with a splash.

  2. I had no idea they slept like that. But lucky you to see them so close and that they didn't snack in your garden! :D

  3. Birds are funny in their sleeping habits. I cannot understand how it can be comfortable to sleep that way.

  4. I was also amused by how geese sleep! They have good balence for having such full abdomens. the ones your photographed looked well fed!

  5. I have photos of mine sleeping that way in Bala, Muskoka. I loved watching them and miss them. Don't miss the tourists, however.
    Greetings from Cottage Country!


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