STOP the presses!!
BABY GEESE! A flock of domestic geese showed up out of somewhere with new hatchlings! I. Am. DYING!
They've never been in this area, I'm doing my best to fight the instinct to run out and take pictures and video. These are glorious creatures. And OH Karma! You are hilarious.
Our weirdo neighborling caught me outside a few days ago. Mad as a wet hornet. He let me know I HAD to stop feeding the ducks. He has to use firecrackers to shoo them. It's my fault. There were too many. They were shitting on his front porch. His daughter's bedroom had bugs because of them. (I could bring up their backyard having 10 years of fallen oak leaves layered, but why stop a rant?) He couldn't take it. Can't take it. He likes the ducks, but if I don't stop feeding them he will have them culled. He doesn't WANT to do it, but I will make him do it if I don't stop.
I have lines. Few, just a few lines drawn in sands in my brain. One of those lines involves killing things for convenience while blaming someone else for your murdering choices. The other line is using my name in there. As if a grown man can't stand up and say I'm going to kill them because I don't care about animals, I care about my porch. Instead he uses me for his subsidized moral walker. Sorry bud. I'm not holding you up. You fell down a long time ago.
I acquiesced for the duck's sake. I will agree whole heartedly that we all don't like ducks like I like ducks and the eagles hunting ducks made it clear balance was off. I acquiesced to the location of feeding only. I did remove the always fresh water bowl. As that was the bigger reason for the duck rave parties. I moved feeding to the other side of the front yard, past the driveway. The ducks aren't on his front porch. UNTIL. He installed ten feet of PVC chicken wire fence to extend out from his side yard fence. Thinking ducks can't walk around fences. Which they can. He's spent the last few days kicking ducks. Literally. He's a real special kind of weirdo.
Of course ducks walk around fences and ducks fly over fences and all of them trust me. LBBRSwest moved slightly south, but whatever. We are in business. Here's where Karma shows her sense of humor.
Never before seen domestic geese with a half dozen hatchlings are currently hanging out on his front porch, his front yard, and his special weirdo driveway. I could let him know not to mess with a full flock of protective geese. I could let him know his fence created a line of sight for ducks that says, HEY! You should nap here in this protected crook. I could say his daughter's room is full of bugs because A) the window screen is shot. B) You never rake your side yard, and you let your dog poop there. C) GEESE ARE POOPING ON YOUR PORCH because the ducks paid them to poop on your porch.
But no. We at LaFollett B&B Rest Stop hold our neighbors in regard. Some we regard more weirdo than others.