By Mimi Parseghian
My neighborhood has new tenants. Canada geese are currently inhabiting the cemeteries along Plain and Gorham Streets.
Every year, I have seen dozens of them stopping by on their migration path. But this fall, it is different.
There are at least a hundred. Yes, I counted them. First they invaded Edson, then some moved on to Westlawn I; and this morning a few families moved to St. Patricks.
I see them every morning on my way to work and again on my way home in the evening. They really like to eat. And of course, they are leaving behind a mess. Ask anyone who is trying to visit a grave site. I read that Canada geese generate ½ pound to 1 ½ pound of droppings per day. You do the math.
I am not sure if these are migrating geese or if they are permanent residents. According to the State’s Energy and Environmental Affairs office, there are about 38,000 Canada geese who live year around in Massachusetts. If they are migrating, I should be hearing or seeing them flying down south pretty soon. There is not much left to eat.
Well, one benefit that has come from this invasion, cars are slowing down while driving on Plain Street. You never know when a family decides to take a stroll.