Each spring about this time we usually have a rainy period that raises water levels for an extender time. So far the stream has not actually reached flood stage, but severe thunderstorms are forecast and if torrential downpours occur, the stage is set for significant flooding.
While driving along the same stream in a slightly different location, I spied two Canadian Geese with a flock of young.
The adult birds attempted to escape notice by lowering their heads close to the water and the ground, while the young huddled behind them.
In time, they realized I was no threat and began moving about. These are resident geese. Until about 1990, I never saw a goose on the ground in this area. The only sightings were when they flew overhead during the spring and fall migrations. In the spring of 1991 a pair arrived at our farm and spent the spring there. Fulton County now has a large population of birds, which remain year around, but they do not spend the winter months on our farm, as there is a much better food source in another portion of the county. The birds have returned to the farm each year since at nesting time. There are usually five or six there, but it may reach as high as thirty by late May.