Thursday, August 14, 2014

Weird Geese in Lincolnwood

Somebody has been dropping off farm animals in Lincolnwood's Centennial Park.
Farmyard geese newly arrived
at Lincolnwood's Centennial Park

Earlier this summer, bicyclists and joggers along the path, which parallels the MWRD canal, were greeted by the sight of a rooster. For two or three consecutive mornings the quite-out-of-place capon pecked away at seeds and such alongside the canal.

Some cockerel fancier left the fellow some actual chicken feed.

How he avoided becoming coyote chow remains a mystery. But after 3 days some PETA or SPCA type cornered the fellow and left a note on a bush reporting that he had been removed to a happy life on a farm somewhere.

Now white geese are showing up in the very same place.

These aren't the standard grey Canadian geese who regularly poop up the bike path there, but big white farmyard geese.
Peaceful co-existence among the Lincolnwood geese

These more domesticate buffoonish birds seem to coexist rather nicely with their wild counterparts.

But we think they'll likely end up as nocturnal coyote snacks.

And the puzzle as to who's dropping off farm animals in Lincolnwood, Illinois continues apace.


  1. This is just the opposite of what happens here in rural Vermont: People drop off pets on the farms. Farmers have limited use for cats and dogs.

    As for the Lincolnwood poultry: My guess is that some urban folks adopted these fun but noisy avian friends, and the neighbors complained.

    I hope someone rescues the pretty geese. Did you know that they were used as watch-geese in ancient Rome? The sheer surprise of being accosted by a honking, hissing goose (they bite, too, and whack at intruders with their wings) might deter burglars or carjackers.


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