Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church

Riding with the Geese

September 23rd, 2013 by Pastor David Echelbarger

Riding with the Geese: Saturday September 21, 2013

This morning I took the road bike out and headed north to the Oak Leaf Trail.   Before heading north into South Milwaukee, and while bucking a northwest wind, I decided to take an arm of the trail that goes west from Nicolson Road through a cut wheat field.  That is when I came upon a large flock of geese gleaning and both sides of the bike trail.  The geese to the north  became nervous and jumped into the air at my approach.  They struggled, like me, against the wind, but for a long couple of moments, they flew with me as they tried to gain altitude.  I was in their midst, flying (or riding actually) with the geese.  Eventually I turned around and headed back, photographing the remaining geese on the south side of the trail – including one straggler of another species I’ve never seen before – I will look him up.  A wonder of a morning!

Pastor Dave


Can you find the straggler?

 I looked him up, a blue snow goose – just a bit right from center with the white head.

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