Skylar by Mary Cuffe-Perez is one of the most exciting novels about Canada geese to be published in a very long time. Skylar is published by Philomel (Penguin books) and will be in bookstores March 27, 2008. READ OUR REVIEWS and be part of this exciting launch!


Solitary Goose By Sydney Landon Plum

NEW BOOK!
MEET OUR FRIENDS FROM ALBUQUERQUE AND SOCORRO, NEW MEXICO
2008


Sunny, our favorite roadrunner.

No vacation in New Mexico would be complete without befriending New Mexico's state bird. Sunny is a roadrunner who frequents our apartment complex. He shows up at about noon everyday and trots up for bread and other treats. We were surprised with his friendliness because roadrunners are predators with voracious appetites for rattlesnakes, lizards and other desert delicacies!

MEET OUR TINGLEY BEACH FRIENDS (ALBUQUERQUE)



Tingley beach is home to a large variety of wild and domestic waterfowl. It is a wonderful place to interact with wildlife and as far as we're concerned, it is Albuquerque's best attraction. Migrant Canada geese show up in large numbers around Christmas along with lots of mallards, American coots, ring-necked ducks, American wigeons, canvasbacks, wood ducks, Northern shovelers, and sometimes a bufflehead or two. Year-round residents include lots of Pekin ducks, Indian runners, Cayugas, Buff ducks, muscovies, Embden geese and mallards.

Unfortunately, Tingley is also a favorite fishing hole and discarded fishing lines and hooks have caused misery for many ducks, geese and pigeons at the park. Whenever we visit, we pick up and discard bags of fishing lines, hooks, plastic bottle top and aluminum can ring tabs (waterfowl can get their bills into these rings or get the rings around their necks causing starvation or choking them to death). We have also aided in capturing ducks and geese with line and hook injuries. We urge everyone to pick up and discard fishing lines, hooks, plastic bottle-top and aluminum can ring tabs when you visit ponds. You may save a bird's life or limb.


Peggy, a sweet and determined duck, is missing her left foot, a sad and terrible consequence of human carelessness with fishing lines. We always look out for Peggy when we visit. Her missing foot slows down her swimming so she is almost always the last duck to show up when we're there. She uses her left stump as her foot. Despite her handicap, Peggy is gutsy, never backing down when threatened by other ducks and geese.


King Kong (right, with Faye)is one of five muscovy ducks. We named him King Kong because we thought he resembled King Kong when we first met him. He was also the largest muscovy duck in the park. Kong has the most gentle and affectionate disposition and wags his tail like a puppy.  He is our favorite muscovy duck. Something frightened Kong last month and he spent more than a week upon an inaccessible island, without food, only waddling slowly down for water. Thankfully, he decided to end his hunger strike and he is back to his normal friendly self.


Faye (with a red face mask) and Flo are muscovy ducks. FLO is an acronym for Feisty Little One. She earned the name because she was often seen snapping at the other ducks, including King Kong, who has been the perfect gentleman and has not once responded in kind. Flo arrived about a month ago and is the youngest muscovy in the park. Since her arrival, she has grown carunkles and now looks very much like Fay. In the picture below, Fay feeds from my hand while Flo looks on. Both Fay and Flo are excellent fliers.




Emma (wing spread) and Dan are two lovely  and lively Embden geese. Dan is the more gregarious of the two. Emma has one black primary feather and a black speck on the right side of her face.


Black Top (left) and Black Cheeks (right) are a pair of muscovy ducks who arrived at Tingley a few weeks ago. They sat side-by-side at a corner of the pond beside the road for the first week, as if they were hoping or expecting their owners to show up and take them home. It finally dawned on them that Tingley was their new home and they've adjusted very well to their new friends. Both of them are lively and sweet.

SAD AND BAD NEWS ABOUT BLACK TOP (APRIL 2008): In April, we were informed that Black Top had to be euthanized. He had swallowed a lot of lead sinkers and was suffering from lead poisoning. He was unable to walk when they captured him.


We met Tingley, a Canada gander in January. He is a very sweet and friendly goose. Tingley is mated.


We have been trying to capture Slick Willie for the past month because of the fishing line injury to his right foot. Willie is often seen with his mate and their kid.

IN MEMORY:

We only knew Red for a month but we remember his sweet ways.


Buddy was a muscovy duck and a friend to many. He vanished just before Christmas. To us, he was Tingley's mascot because he always stood at the entrance like an official friendly greeter.


On Valentine's Day, we captured the goose on the left because her foot was so severely infected and almost severed from a fishing line injury. Sadly, she had to be euthanized and her partnership with her mate, severed.


Kim was a Chinese goose who vanished mysteriously mid-December. Even though she is no longer at the park, we still think of her and remember her rambunctious ways.

CHOO MAKES NEWS IN THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL

 
Choo and Edward Aragon, a Tingley beach security officer, rescues a duck who had swallowed a fishing hook and line. A couple of Tingley beach visitors helped with the rescue. January 5, 2008 Photograph by Dean Hanson, Albuquerque Journal.



ALBUQUERQUE CONSERVATORY POND


Our friends swim to us at the Albuquerque conservatory pond. This pond is part of the biological park located along the Rio Grande.


Kirk and Alby are migratory geese who reside at the Conservatory pond during the winter along with a pair of domestic ducks and many mallards, coots, ring-necked ducks, wood ducks and American wigeons.

NEW MEXICO TECH DUCK POND, SOCORRO


A pair of American buff geese graze on cracked corn with domestic ducks at the New Mexico Tech duck pond.

Socorro is eighty miles south of Albuquerque. We first discovered the New Mexico Tech duck pond in February 2007 when we stopped over in Socorro after visiting the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The duck pond is located at the edge of a golf course and is inhabited year-round by domestic ducks and geese. It is a place of beauty, peace and serenity. Hundreds of American wigeons spend the winter there as well as other migrating ducks and coots. There aren't any Canada geese on this duck pond but several hundred winter at the Bosque del Apache.


Chen, our favorite Chinese goose






 



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