Thursday, 10 April 2014

UFO


In springtime, every spring time, Camilla, the Canada Goose tries to fly.
I don't  know if it is just a seasonal exuberance that makes her take to her wings,
But what I do knows is, that despite a natural ability that could take her a quarter the way across the globe all she manages to do is to soar a  hundred feet or so up into the air before crashing and burning into the neighbours' field.
Where flying is concerned
Camilla has all the natural grace of a skateboarding Winifred.

It's a case flap wings like a loon,
Somehow catch a cross wind coming from the east
And it's up and off .
Three times yesterday I had to traipse over the sheep fields to retrieve her.
And three times Camilla just stood there shaking her beautiful head, stunned and shocked at hitting the wet grass at twenty five miles an hour.

Her last flight was observed by neighbour John, who was busy constructing a home made boat in his drive.after she had honked her way by him, he called over to me and pointed out the direction the ungainly goose had disappeared into......
I had taken twenty or so steps down the lane when I heard Graham , the Shepherd, shout out from his supervisory position above his lambing pens
It was obvious to all that Camilla's third flight was as precarious as all of the others

All Graham yelled was a somewhat sarcastic and slightly excitable World War Two-esque warning of
" INCOMING!!"

35 comments:

  1. Perhaps, giving her doodle bug attempts, it may be time to think about clipping her wing afore she self destructs?

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  2. Poor Camilla. And poor anything she landed on.

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  3. Poor Camilla. Um, John's boat isn't 50 cubits by 30 cubits by 300 by any chance?....

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  4. Poor gal; she must feel like a failure.

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  5. Instinct triumphing over ability, poor thing must have had a hard landing, lucky she broke no bones!!

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  6. When the US military was first testing helicopters they insisted that they be tethered to the ground with a cable, the designer protested, "the danger lies not in flying through the air, but in striking the ground." Sounds like the flying is the easy part, it's the landing that needs work.

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  7. 'I wish I could fly right up to the sky, but I can't' (sung in an Orville the puppet voice)! x

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  8. Poor girl. Rob found a clutch alone in a farm field he was working & brought them home. They imprint like you would not believe. They were taken to a neighbouring farm who had a very large pond, but followed the farmer & his wife everywhere. PS Lexus is still having puppies; 5 so far. I am hoping to have photos posted later. xx

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  9. Poor confused bird. She needs a crash helmet.

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    1. Does the "U" in UFO stand for "Unqualified" or "Unidirectional?"

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  10. She has the instinct but none of the ability. Poor girl.

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  11. She will soon play-out all that instinctive behavior and settle down. Sometimes fighting those genes is impossible!

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  12. Beginning to wonder whether any of your assorted menagerie there could qualify as "normal."
    And we followers thank heaven they don't.

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  13. Sounds as though you also have entertaining neighbours to add to the total insanity of your Ukrainian village.

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  14. Your life is a BBC mini-series. Incoming!

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  15. Ah the plight of a "well fed" goose I spose !

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  16. Ship her across the pond to Montana...I'll put her down by the creek where her cousins are in abundance, they'll give her some lessons.

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  17. That was funny! Honk.

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  18. what a sight that must be! you should get a video!

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  19. However did she arrive at your doorstep in the first place? Poor girl. Maybe she needs to lose a pound or two? I have no idea, just a suggestion based on the problem as you - so very well - describe it.

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    1. Jenny, Camilla arrived a couple of years ago from south east England. A colleague of Chris's asked me to take a duckling that arrived in her father's garden.... The duckling was a robust gosling who they called CJ
      If you put CJ into the search bar at the top of the page, you will see just how cute she was as a baby

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  21. great gal she does have a go and not give up like most would or she gets fed up and thinks i will give john a run for his money and sniggers when you give chase

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  22. the wings may not work, but the will to try is there. Camilla, you poor girl. Don't give up. never give up.

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  23. Who'd be your neighbour John.....

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  24. The white head marking could almost be a bandage. Poor Camilla. Perhaps she will be laying soon, that will ground her.

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  25. Dear Camilla - you are a bird with a name after my own heart. Perhaps, as Jenny-O suggested, you might be a bit too well fed and just a tad bottom heavy? I know I'd never get off the ground at this point should the occasion arise. X

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  26. She gets full marks for trying....Bless her.
    ~Jo

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  27. Isn't that always the case? Landing is SO much more difficult than taking off and flying.

    What a beautiful creature she is. I love seeing geese in the fields around our house.

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  28. Reach for the stars?....Never give up......Never say never. You go girl!

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  29. I rather like that Camillia feels the need to flap her wings and fly into the sky. It must be a wonderful feeling. But I don't like the fact she crashes.
    She is so beautiful and I love her name. I don't want her to get hurt.

    I really want to be one of your neighbors !

    cheers, parsnip

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  30. A flightless goose? Surely she's suffering from chicken syndrome..

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