Wild traffic-stoppers on the 1st Avenue South bridge


(Click photo to see a much-larger version)
That photo and the following backstory are courtesy of Shannon and Jason, best known in the WSB Forums as Shibaguyz:

As we were on our way to the Ballard Farmers Market this morning, we
were stopped at the 1st Ave S bridge by the usual red traffic light accompanied by the drawbridge gate lowering in front of us. Thinking the bridge was about to go up, we turned off the car and prepared to listen to NPR while we waited patiently. Much to our surprise, it wasn’t a boat crossing that held up traffic but a flock of Canada Geese.

In all, we counted 5 adults and twenty youngsters. Not in the picture, was the falcon that kept diving at the flock, trying to grab one of the youngsters that was lagging behind off to one side of the road. It took about fifteen minutes to encourage them to leave the bridge and, as we drove past, they were all walking along the sidewalk on their way back down toward the water. One can only imagine the thoughts going through the minds of this flock of geese as they found themselves in the middle of this foreign place.

Just thought we’d share this with the WSB readers. We are not alone on this planet… and it is we who are the aliens. Just a thought…

7 Replies to "Wild traffic-stoppers on the 1st Avenue South bridge"

  • JT May 26, 2008 (1:10 am)

    I love that they lowered the gate for them. What a great picture.

  • PSPS May 26, 2008 (1:21 am)

    You know, this reminds me of a similar incident on Mercer during the morning rush. The traffic came to an abrupt stop while a family of geese casually made their way across the insanely busy street. Frankly, I was surprised but thankful that some hothead didn’t just mow them down.

  • Jeannie May 26, 2008 (1:29 am)

    Reminds me of the classic kids’ story Make Way for Ducklings. Thanks for the great photo!

  • DG May 26, 2008 (8:06 am)

    A family of geese (whether these same ones or others) were in pretty much the same spot during the Friday morning rush as well. The drivers then seemed to be as cautious and careful as they could be, but for the geese’s own safety I hope they don’t make a habit of this.

  • CMP May 26, 2008 (8:48 am)

    This happened to me last weekend in on 140th in Bellevue but it was a duck crossing instead. It was quite hilarious and I think that stretch of road even has a duck crossing sign since there’s a pond nearby.

  • DM May 26, 2008 (4:44 pm)

    Thanks for posting the photo! It filled me with hope.

  • Traci May 27, 2008 (12:53 pm)

    Thank you for posting this! Whenever I see duck (or geese, or chicken, or quail….) families I can’t contain my excitement!

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