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At first glance, the above photo appears to be a field of Canada geese searching for a bit to eat in a frozen farm field.

But if you look a little closer, you’ll see something about these birds is a little off.

“There is a farm field just west of Laurel Lane in Laurel that attracts an unusually large amount of Canada geese — or so I thought,” said our staff photographer, Barbaraellen Koch, who captured the scene above. “A few weeks back I walked across the field to take some photos and it wasn’t until I was about 100 feet away that I realized that they didn’t move. Some had even fallen over.”

What you are seeing is a field of hunting decoys. We’re not sure who placed them there or when. The landowner did not return Ms. Koch’s calls this week.

Still, it makes a cool image.


Your North Fork Sunday Scene features weekly snap shots of life on Long Island’s top fork

Credit: Barbaraellen Koch
Credit: Barbaraellen Koch

Previous North Fork Sunday Scenes:

A North Fork snow day

A New Suffolk Ave. sunset drive

Icicles form at Iron Pier Beach

Birds of many feathers in Riverhead

Blanket-wrapped horses

Katahdin sheep in Jamesport

Late fall harvest at Andrews Family Farm

Feisty Acres quail farm

Fall art in the fields

North Fork fall foliage

Healing with Horses

Harvest is coming

CSA pickup day at Biophilia

A postcard from Love Lane

Bring on summer

A stroll down Oregon Road

‘Zenful’ flowers in Baiting Hollow

Hello from this North Fork mama and her babies

North Fork asparagus is here