The Watering Hole; Thursday May 21 2015; “Difficult standards for people to live up to.”

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections,
predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal.
Difficult standards for people to live up to.”

Alfred A. Montapert

About two weeks ago, I posted here a series of ten photos, taken on May 2 and 3, of a Canadian Goose “family” which included three newly hatched goslings, probably out on one of their very first forays into their new world.

3 sibling goslins 1126-cr

Then a week ago and for no apparent reason, those three little guys were nowhere to be seen. I noted here our fears that the “odds against them being somewhere — even in the nest — unsupervised are quite high. Dare we hope? In any case, time will tell if they’re still around or gone for good. We do intend to keep a close eye on the situation and will report back if anything happens to pop up.”

Later that same day, fellow bird-watcher Woody-the-Goose-Guy stopped by late in the afternoon to say he’d spotted the little ones in another corner of the lake. So last weekend when the weather finally cleared up long enough for us to go take a look, we got lucky. There they were!

Here’s the “family” as of May 16, pretty close to exactly two weeks since the goslings first left the nest (note that the newbies have grown a bit in those two weeks — apparently there’s adequate chow available!).

Goose and goslings 1231Goose family 1235Goslings 1237crGeese & gosling 1233Goose family 1245So all is well, at least with what appears to be the ONLY local Canadian Goose family that has managed to reproduce this year, and that’s out of an overall population where potential mating pairs likely number in the hundreds. Also curious, there are only three goslings; usually in years past the number is typically more like six, maybe seven goslings per family. So what’s up with that?

I asked Woody-the-Goose-Guy the same question, and he explained that “they” (Homo sapiens sapiens) who monitor and control the local goose population are sending their people out during spring nesting season with instruction to locate eggs and coat them with vegetable oil. That prevents the embryos from developing (by disallowing the eggs to “breathe”), and when most eggs don’t hatch there are obviously going to be far fewer goslings and, as a result, far less goose crap on the lake’s paved walkway come late summer/early fall — which means far less complaining by people who are offended by goose crap. Problem solved. More or less. Humans are SO clever, aren’t we?

One thing I have to wonder when I ponder these human-inspired “lower” animal birth control agendas is highlighted by this pair of recent ‘headline’ links:

Trent Franks: 20-Week Abortion Ban Will Make Americans Realize Legal Abortion Is Like Slavery

Anti-Choice Leader Admits Rape Exceptions Are ‘Political,’ Goal Is To Outlaw All Abortion ‘From Conception’

So “fundamentally” it’s OK to control birth rates in (and numbers of) every other species of life on the planet, but it’s NOT permissible to allow the same or similar privilege to fellow humans? Why the difference? Just curious.

Stephen Jay Gould once wrote,

“The fundamentalists, by ‘knowing’ the answers before they start examining evolution, and then forcing nature into the straitjacket of their discredited preconceptions, lie outside the domain of science —
or of any honest intellectual inquiry.”

I think I agree.


35 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday May 21 2015; “Difficult standards for people to live up to.”

  1. Just because DDT is outlawed doesn’t mean that similar pesticides not outlawed are inflicting the same results.
    Please refer back to bees and neonicitinoids.
    Then again, it could just be coyotes or other predators.

    • Then Rick woke up and his shorts were all crunchy and he could remember the first two dreams he had…. but not the third

  2. It’s a shame the powers that be in your neck of the woods don’t see the goose population and it’s related droppings issue as an opportunity for more employment of teens to clean up and make a few summer $$s.

  3. And today’s ‘Who can I panda (sic) to today?’ Award – goes to Jeb “meaner and more fascist than Shrub” Bush – for this on ‘Global Warming’ –

    ““Look, first of all, the climate is changing,” he said. “I don’t think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you.”

  4. The five Republicans who voted against Fast Track:
    Susan Collins (Me.), Mike Lee (Ut.), Rand Paul (Ky.) Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby (Al.)

    I think this is he first time since the 80s my Senators voted with my approval.

    • If republicans are not voting along party lines then something about fast track must really stink to the point where they are actually showing clarity of thought.

    • 49 Republicans voted Yea, 5 voted nay.

      Dems voting Yea: 1)Bennet, 2)Cantwell, 3)Carper, 4)Coons, 5)Feinstein, 6)Heitkamp, 7)Kaine, 8)McCaskill, 9)Murray, 10)Nelson, 11)Shaheen, 12)Warner, 13)Wyden

      Thirteen Democrats Sold Out The American Worker For A ‘Vote’ On The Import-Export Bank In June

      This week’s near-breakdown of support came as about 10 Democrats — who wavered over the legislation last week — issued a demand that congressional GOP leaders assure them that they would approve an extension of the federally backed bank that helps U.S. corporations sell their goods abroad. Many conservatives, particularly in the House, oppose renewing the charter of the Export-Import Bank because they consider it a form of corporate welfare that favors large, well-connected businesses, particularly Boeing.


      Trading papers and talking in huddles as large as 14 senators, the lawmakers reached a deal on the Export-Import Bank that tipped the scales for Patty Murray (D) and Maria Cantwell (D), senators from Washington state, which relies on the thousands of jobs at Boeing plants that are tied to Export-Import Bank loans.


      By late Wednesday, several prior supporters of the legislation said they expected to join most of the Democratic caucus in supporting a filibuster because no headway had been made on the Export-Import Bank.


      The Washington state Democrats have a Republican ally, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who is one of the few 2016 presidential contenders supporting the bank. He vowed in a floor speech Tuesday night to block the trade bill, known as voting against cloture, until he got a deal after months of private negotiations on Export-Import.

      “I’m tired of talking,” Graham said. “You’re not going to get my vote for cloture or anything else this year until I get a vote, we get a vote on the Ex-Im Bank.”

      • .”Bennet” Is Michael Bennet, “my” senator from Colorado. He’s also voted in favor of the Keystone XL for which I’ve already called him names. He’s technically a Democrat, but only on issues that no one pays attention to. On anything else he follows the path of least resistance and bends whichever way the electoral wind tells him. He’s up in 2016, and as he already knows there’s no way in hell he’ll ever get my vote again. Bottom line is that purple Colorado has two zipperhead Senators, one a wingnut (Cory Gardner) and the other a bluenut named Bennet. Loser and loser.

        It could be worse. I suppose I could be in Tejas.

    • The more I read about that vote, the worse it looks. The sell-out was for:

      1. a promise (from Two-faced Turtle McNo-chin himself’ to meet/vote in June on *extending* (not even a ‘you gimme this I give you that’ – it’s an extension)
      2. the law they are extending is a corporate welfare benny that even the Republican right says is a tax giveaway to big business
      3. the biggest recipient is Boeing, which while far from giving a shit about the ‘1000s of jobs in Washington’ only need the money thanks – the jobs are not linked – ordinary people get jacked two ways out of this vote
      4. Senator Cantwell (D- Boeing) and Murray (D-Also Boeing) were given their instructions by their benefactor/paymaster sitting in the ‘lobby’ outside!

      Fook can I get my citizenship in time *not* vote for those two?

  5. Plains All American Pipeline built the ruptured pipeline in 1987. It had just undergone a routine inspection, but company officials had not yet been told of its findings. Said Plains President and Chief Executive Greg Armstrong in Santa Barbara on Wednesday afternoon, “We don’t feel very good at all about it.”

    The Texas-based company has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records. With that kind of record, I imagine Armstrong rebounds very quickly.

    • They are aware that being apologetic. looking into the problem, plus a miniscule fine will make it all better for them. And still leave the disaster to happen again.

          • That’s for damn sure. It made me look twice – did/do they really think the buckets make any difference for thousands of gallons spilled?

            • Exactly, frugal. They want to make you believe (through the “magic of television”) that they’re doing this all up and down the coast where the oil has spilled. Until I see evidence to the contrary, I’m going to assume those were the only people collecting oil. That’s why they just bought a bunch of Homer buckets (thank, House), to make their performance look better.

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