Thursday, May 26, 2016

First It Was Geese and Now It Is........

.....a gopher who has industriously dug him or her self a HUGE gaping opening to an underground tunnel right beside our front step. There is a giant mound of gravel and shredded plastic sheeting that used to cover the former flower bed beside the door step.  Twice I have caught the creature coming out of there this week, plus have scared him or her out from under our deck upon opening the back door and stepping outside.  The tubby little butterball generally runs right past me across the bottom step and disappears under the deck of the couple next door.  Sigh.........

As much as I hated to do it, I contacted the exterminator from our maintenance crew.  Hopefully now that the rain has stopped he will be here soon before this problem becomes any worse.  Where there is one gopher successfully tunnelling in under the buildings there will soon be more.  O the joys of living right across the road from a giant parkland area.  

As far as the geese, our owl statues are no longer having any effect on the three, 3, THREE couples and one single male who spend their childless days traipsing across our lawn, often bedding down for a few hours right in front of the statues, still posturing and honking, but finally understanding no grief is going to come from those other "birds". Sigh...BIG sigh....double sigh sigh........  The amount of poo I have picked up in the past few days is dreadful.  Now there are several piles between the deck and our car, but with two days of steady rain the poo piles are too squooshy to be picked up. I will have to wait now until they dry out to remove them.  Aiii yiiii.... And no, goose poo does not break down in the rain or any other conditions to become any sort of useable fertilizer!!!

It would appear that the couples with goslings have put the run on these three pair of childless geese and their male buddy and what better place to hang out for fresh grass, bugs and parking lot puddles than right here behind our suite?!!??  Occasionally I still summon the energy to go out with the corn broom and wiggle it behind the owls, but I noticed today that even then those blasted geese are not getting a move on nearly as quickly and they are not staying away nearly as long.  

The dumb geese are too smart now for my owl statues...and yes that "Berra-like 'ism'" is intentional!! My husband tried taking out his bear horn yesterday and gave it a blast at all 7 of the birds but they completely ignored him. Only the neighbours were upset....I mean seriously, have you heard a bear horn blast?  It could deafen another human being!  I had a fit when he used that.  However, in a way I am thankful it didn't work because if it had he would be outsie using it constantly, alienating our wonderful neighbours with all that ghastly noise.

Well, I guess our goose is cooked, pardon the pun.  It is back to picking up poo on a nearly daily basis once again. AND it is only the end of May!  How many birds are we going to have to contend with by the time they are preparing for the autumn migration???  If it is as bad as last  year we are going to have to seriously consider a move out of here, away from the lake and the park.  I have never seen such a mess and no effort is being made on the part of the management here to gain any sort of control over the situation. I know it would be a lot of work to start with, but surely there is something that could be tried so that the little kids who play outside here are protected from the diseases contained in bird poo and the adults could protect their shoes from all that crap on the grass.
Surely, surely....SIGH SIGH SIGH......

1 comment:

chris e. said...

Do they allow outdoor cats at your complex? They would take care of both the gophers and scare off the geese. As long as they have an insulated house, the cats are fine in the winter. You know how many feral pet cats we have had.