Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Geese on sidewalk in the rain

Geese on sidewalk in the rain are pretty interesting. Geese usually take off from the water by running across the surface and flapping their wings. When they are startled, Canada geese can fly straight up from the water like dabbling ducks. To land, the goose holds its wings out straight and skids onto the land or water. Geese are always right on the road!   "Stop cars, we are walking..." Geese probably like to walk in the rain.

Easily, smoothly, without ill effect. This expression, dating from the early nineteenth century, alludes to the way a duck's feathers shed water. Charles Kingsley used it in The Water Babies (1863), "When men are men of the world, hard words run off them like water off a duck's back."

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