We have a lot of Canadian Geese on campus. And oddly, this causes mixed reactions among folks around here.
On the one hand, it's nice seeing families of geese strolling about, pecking in the grass for food. It also gives our campus a quaint, small town feel when traffic has to stop to let them cross the road.
On the other hand, they are mean. One of our grad students was attacked a few weeks ago by a hissing goose hanging out on the retaining wall of a steeply sloping hill (the sidewalk passes just beneath it). She was on the cell phone talking and heard a funny hissing sound coming through the call. All of a sudden a goose let loose and pecked her right on her head. Another grad student was chased down a hill by a goose gone bad.
But right now, it doesn't matter which side of the goose debate you're on. The goslings have hatched and those fuzzy little birds toddling along side their parents are one of the cutest signs of spring we have around here. The last few mornings, I've walked in surrounded by a chorus of Awwwwwwwww's every time the faculty, staff or students pass by a young family.
It is awfully cute.