Thursday, 20 November 2014

Barking Mad

When we let Tess out into the yard last night at around ten-thirty, for her last wee before we went to bed, she went out of the back door in an absolute frenzy - and barked and barked.   Up and down the grass under the pine trees she roared, barking all the time and going mad.

The reason?   A huge flock of geese were flying over and chatting amongst themselves as they made their journey.   I love to see these skeins of geese fly over in the day time and to see in which direction they are flying.   But these were airborne well after dark - it had just not occurred to me that they made journeys in the dark.   But when you think about it, all the birds who migrate must travel in the dark as well as in the light, or they would never get there.

Sorry I missed them though. 

20 comments:

Tom Stephenson said...

That is a nice image, Weave. I once knew a dog which chased airplanes at 30,000 feet (the planes, not the dog).

Cro Magnon said...

Ours often bark in the night. I suspect it's Freddie our cat making faces at them through the window.

Gwil W said...

Geese are amazing aren't they? On TV one time there was an amazing film of geese flying over the Himalayas. And without any sherpas or oxygen tanks.

mrsnesbitt said...

Agree Pat - a lovely sight. I have heard them t night too - when we had Jo our beloved gander he always responded to their shouts!

Joanne Noragon said...

I hadn't considered birds flying in the night, either. It seems they should all be settled in, roosting.

Cro Magnon said...

I repeat, Weaver. There is no BUTTER in Peanut Butter; just Peanuts.

jinxxxygirl said...

To hear the geese in the Fall is magical for me. I listen for them every year. I love the vision you've given me of them 'chatting' among themselves... :) Hugs! deb

angryparsnip said...

Don't you just love when animals chat among themselves.

cheers, parsnip

Doc said...

We sleep with the bedroom window open and frequently hear them flying over well into dark, they truly are amazing birds.

The Broad said...

There is a wetland not far from our house in Southport and from our bedroom window we can see the flocks setting off for parts south -- most often in the early morning light. What a reassuring sound they make ...

Rachel said...

I heard, and saw, them flying over the city centre when I was at work yesterday. I thought maybe their flight path would be around cities but no, they clearly take the shortest route. Nobody seemed particularly interested because they were shopping.

Heather said...

Years ago I heard a flock of geese flying at night and calling to each other - a lovely sound. Tess was trying to defend you from invaders from the sky! Our labrador did the same if hot air balloons came too low and too near our house.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to everyone.

Em Parkinson said...

How strange - I didn't realise they flew at night either.

John Gray said...

I hate it when the geese fly over here
I always worry that Camilla will join them

John Gray said...

I hate it when the geese fly over here
I always worry that Camilla will join them

Terry and Linda said...

WAY TO GO!!!

Boomer

It must be such an anxious time, watching the corn and seeing those clouds approaching. Ooooh, that so cold, so early.

Amy Franks said...

I wonder how the geese know what pattern they all are doing, so syncronised, as for your dog, yes mine barks at night too, usually its possums or cats fighting outside.

thelma said...

They must sleep on the wing, not coming down, what a marvellous sight to see them.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Reading John Gray's comment - just for a moment I wondered who he meant!