Duck, Duck … Canadian Goose!

It started with the sound of chirping birds on a peaceful morning in the Crystal Gardens subdivision in Avondale.

Suddenly the relative silence was broken by a single honk off in the distance. Followed by another, and then another … growing in frequency, intensity and volume over a several second span … heads turning, trying to determine what was causing the increasing noise, wondering from which direction the attack might come … and then they appeared, two Canadian geese flying no more than 20 feet above the ground after lifting off from the lake in search of, well, other water.

Sure, they may look positively ducky waddling harmlessly on the ground in search of bugs and water and such. But in the air, with their attack foils … er feathers … in position, rebel yell … er honk … echoing from their lips … er bills …

In the City of Surprise, real estate agents are required to disclose the presence of Luke Air Force Base to the south. Frequent F-16 flyovers aren’t just likely, they’re guaranteed.


After this morning I’m thinking there needs to be a similar notification map to warn homebuyers of the presence of Canadian geese – flying machines which soar at much lower altitudes and are more likely than an F-16 to unexpectedly drop its ordinance.*


* This is a representation of what a Canadian goose notification map might look like in Crystal Gardens and has no basis in fact, logic or necessity. In fact, this could be the stupidest idea I’ve had since trying to give a cat a bath back in 1991.

[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • Kristen 8 years ago

    On the plus side, at least our house isn’t in the middle “drop zone” on your map!

  • Greg Sidoff 8 years ago

    Geez watch out for that drop zone! To look at great houses in a non-dropzone area check out [redacted] 🙂

  • Jonathan Dalton 8 years ago

    Thanks for the comment, Greg … needed to redact your link since I’m not much for other local agents advertising their own sites on mine.

  • Brad Brookings, Oregon Real Estate 8 years ago

    Maybe an umbrella needs to be part of daily dress. That would also save the time of always checking the weather report.

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