“Martin Hof has become a minor celebrity here, in part for his ability to communicate with fowl, which some say borders on the magical.
“And while there’s something special, and a little comical, about watching him talking, humming, and yes, whispering to the birds, there’s more to this than meets the eye.”
Geese are generally monogamous, and a pair may live together 40 years.
Partners that are suddenly split may never recover from the shock. Survivors may call endlessly for missing family members. “Some literally die of loneliness,” Hof says.