It's The Sixth Day of Christmas, the day (according to a song) when someones's true love gave to them six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. In honor of Christmas's Sixth Day, I've posted an illustration of geese a laying atop this entry.
Re the reference to these birds in the song, a web-page (12 Birds of Christmas) has this to say: "The important element is the "a-laying" part. The Egg represents the birth, creation and new life. And what about the number Six? Because of the shape of the number, which is a continuous, spiraling curve without angle, it too represents the cycle of life. Geese, when they aren't a-laying, are birds of the Air, an element that includes the sky and the heavens."
As you can see, geese a laying are certainly the theme of the illustration that I've included here; as for me, over the many times that I've seen geese (the Canadian variety) in Central Park, they certainly haven't been a laying.
This is evident in the following set of photographs which I took while walking with MLT (the other week) in Central Park.
But surely the Canadian geese must've been a laying at some point or these precious gosling (pictured below) would not exist!
By the way, Canadian geese and their goslings are featured in the second volume of my book series, Words In Our Beak. These books make a perfect gift to give your true love during these Twelve Days of Christmas and beyond. Here is the purchase info for the series:
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