At a meeting of the Friends of the Hudson City Cemetery back in February, the problem of Canada geese befouling the pond and adjacent areas was brought up toward the end of the meeting. (See Dan Undell's video of the meeting, starting at about 52:40).
Gerald Fenoff pointed out that Canada geese always returned in the spring to the place where they were born. That would mean there will be about twenty-four geese returning to the cemetery in the next few days. Dominic Merante shared the information, based on his own experience, that it is possible to frighten the geese away from their old haunt and force them to go someplace else. The method he suggested was positioning big, tall faux flamingos around the pond, to scare the geese away, but cautioned that there was only a small window of time in which to do that if it were to be successful.
Alas, the window may be closing . . . or it may have already closed. Yesterday morning, when Joey and I were in the cemetery, we observed a pair of Canada geese already back.
And then there was this guy--a mallard drake, without a mate in sight.
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