Our new house in Illinois is near a walking trail which is about 1.25 miles long.
The first time I walked this trail I noticed the beautiful white cranes sitting next to the fountain in the middle of the pond.
The second time I walked the trail I again noticed the cranes ~ so elegantly sitting next to the pond. They must like the fountain I thought.
By my third walk, I looked a little closer and noticed that the white cranes weren’t moving. That seemed suspicious to me. I started laughing as I realized that the white cranes were fake. I couldn’t help laughing all the way home.
Come to find out, fake white cranes scare away geese. You know ~ geese who leave their poop all over the place.
As I explore my neighborhood, I see more and more fake white cranes and few, if any, geese. The fake white cranes are working as decoys as geese do not get along with them.
Not til l moved to Illinois did I think this was possible. I wonder why Minnesota, where I’m from, has not figured this out yet. There the geese are protected instead of discouraged.