I went walking on another golf course on Monday – Mount Elgin Golfers Club. The owners of Tarandowah have bought it so I get to wander in two places. Unlike Tarandowah, Mount Elgin has many trees, with a nice mix of coniferous and deciduous. Plus about six ponds. Tarandowah has none.
What especially enthralled me were the birds. Canada geese were wherever water was, and they also enjoyed sauntering down the fairways. They honked whenever I got close but didn’t take off. Hopefully they sensed that I was a benign human being, and had no interest in scaring them. They received a wide berth.
What I love about Canada geese is that they’re almost always in pairs. I think we’re meant to have a partner in life. I wonder what those couples talk about. Probably the same stuff we do.
I walked the front nine and then came into the clubhouse for a beer. Lindsay is one of the staff members and she asked me if I had seen any babies. Sadly, no. But I was on the lookout when I returned to the green grass. And on hole 14 or so, under a weeping willow, there was the family, including four little fuzzballs. The parents were staring me down but I just wanted to see the waddling from afar. So cute. Lindsay smiled later when I told her.
Although I enjoyed the presence of the gooselets, another species was the star of the show for me. Swallows, with tinges of blue on their wings. There must have been fifty of them on the various ponds, and oh, can they fly! They’d zoom about six inches above the water, making wild turns. Occasionally, their beaks would gobble up an insectal morsel as the bod motored on at supersonic speed. I just stared at the grace and athleticism.
I tried following the flight of one bird but that was a challenge, what with so many streaking over the pond. And I was left with the question: “Do they ever land?” Not that I could see. What anaerobic fitness! What air speed records! What a rush for this fairly stationary human being.
It could be said that I come for the flying, not the golfing. I’m glad the feathered ones are in my life.