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It has been several weeks now, since I first saw Canada geese fly in over the river. They are officially back, actually some of them never really went that far. All I know is that Charlie and Charlotte are back, set up in the creek next to my residence. It has now officially been three years, and just like clock work they work their way up the bank, this time a year to feed on my lawn at seven in the morning and around seven in the evening.

Last fall by the time they were ready to head off, I had accommodated two families for a total of sixteen birds on my lawn. This year, I will keep track of their numbers again.

Depending on the days, if Charlie is feeling courageous enough and is not too bothered by all the others buggars like the local wood duck, Mergansers and Mallards, the mink, beaver, squirrels, groundhog, and finally the deer. He might just hang out for the afternoon and soak up some sun. I can go about my business and even communicate with them by making deep faint honking sounds or just simply talk. I get back the odd a head wave from Charlie showing off his chin strap letting me know he is aware.

There is something magical and very rewarding about sharing our everyday lives with waterfowl and other mammals. Observing and capturing their every detail, in this never ending quest to learn. The deep understanding and connection with them that I have acquired over the years, is the very reason why my mastery of the wetlands has become part of my very fabric.

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