What Happened to Basil Flynn’s Ducks.. ahh Geese?

What Happened to Basil Flynn’s Ducks.. ahh Geese?

These ducks are really geese..

For years I used to drive along William Street looking for these critters as I love animals and Basil Flynn’s flock amazed me. I always used to take photos of them and follow them. I think the reason they did not like me was because I called them ducks. Yes, I am a country girl, but I tend to get certain critters mixed up. These are geese by the way. John Nephin told me so last night. LOLOL. People also posted some great photos and memories so I thought I would document them so everyone will remember them as they exist no more. I took this video in 2011.

Dan Williams-Basil was a good friend of my dad’s. He used to visit us often. A really great guy. For some reason he always called mom Polly.

Kelly NephinThe last 3-4 were there until about 3 years ago. We never saw them again after the flood.

Lorraine NephinWhen Basil passed my dad fed the geese for many years. They would show up at our back door and honk to let him know they were hungry. The local grocery stores would provide them with scrap produce free of charge. When dad passed our kids continued to feed them. Then one day a new couple moved in on William street and they called bylaw and the geese were caged and taken away. They had lived on the river for over 10 years. So sad.

Author’s Note- John Nephin says the ancestry of Basil’s geese flock went on for 30 years on William Street

Joan StearnsLorraine Nephin I never knew what happened to those Geese. We all loved seeing them. And how they would come up from the river every night. How sad that someone would be so small minded.

John Andrew NephinShould have tried to change the bylaws then. Funny to think back that birds have been on the property since I was in high school with multiple generations as the pictures are the children of Basil’s geese.. Please visit change.org to sign the petition

Kelly Nephin

The geese with Evelyn Sadler
Lorraine Nephin Bruce Sadler feeding the Basils Geese

Lorraine Nephin
21h  · 

2008 still there
Greg Nephin
20h  · 

A handsome young lad feeding them

The Neelin Street Geese — Where are They Now?

Basil Flynn of William Street

Construction of 198 William Street– Photos from Greg Nephin

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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