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ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel

Is very foolish or lacking common sense. Jimmy almost crossed the street without looking up from his cell phone. He ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel!
See also: brain, gave, god, squirrel

ain't got the sense God gave geese

Is very foolish or lacking common sense. Jimmy almost crossed the street without looking up from his cell phone. He ain't got the sense God gave geese!
See also: gave, geese, god, sense

all (one's) geese are swans

One is overexaggerating and not in touch with reality. Geese and swans are quite different, so to think they are the same is a stretch of the truth. I can't listen to another one of Tiffany's stories that cast her as the adored heroine. All her geese are swans if she thinks everyone at work likes her!
See also: all, geese, swan

cackling geese

Those who warn of something that is about to happen. Thank goodness for the cackling geese outside who ran in and told us to lock down the building because there was a man with a gun roaming the streets. My wife is skeptical of them, but I always tune in to those cackling geese giving the weather report—I don't want to get caught in a blizzard!
See also: cackle, geese

turn geese into swans

To embellish or exaggerate the merits, skills, or successes of someone or something. My father was such a genuinely affable and generous man, and he had a knack for turning geese into swans—he made you feel like the most special, talented person in the world just by talking about you.
See also: geese, swan, turn

ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel

 and ain't got the sense God gave geese
Rur. is or are very foolish. There goes John, running around barefooted in the snow. He ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel. No use trying to explain anything to Jane. She ain't got the sense God gave geese.
See also: brain, gave, god, squirrel

all someone's geese are swans

someone habitually exaggerates the merits of undistinguished people or things.
The goose is proverbially contrasted with the swan as being the clumsier, less elegant, and less distinguished bird; compare with turn geese into swans below.
See also: all, geese, swan

turn geese into swans

exaggerate the merits of people.
See also: geese, swan, turn
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According to SNH, Scotland hosts around 60% of the world's population of Greenland barnacle geese and numbers have increased in the past 20 years.
Geese are instinctively very aware of their surroundings and environment and will sound their honk at any unusual activity or disturbance.
The weekend will celebrate their return as well as other goose species such as pink-footed geese, greylag geese, Greenland white-fronted geese and pale-bellied brent geese.
The animals, 48 of them snow geese and three Ross' geese, fell within a 100-yard radius, Berl said. 
The plan is to walk up to the pier, where the geese were often spotted."
Brunstein is a firm believer in flagging geese. He is very successful with his technique and gets the attention of most of the geese we kill.
It wasn't the first time I had seen geese preyed upon here.
The Svalbard breeding population of pink-footed geese Anser brachyrhynchus, wintering in Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium, has increased substantially in recent decades.
For our examples, we used Flying Geese to finish at 2" x 4".
Let me start with the king of all geese: the whitefront or specklebelly goose.
It's a good warm-up for field hunting geese, and a good test for duck dogs used to retrieving in water, but not land.
In 2009, aquatic bird bornavirus 1 was detected in free-ranging Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and trumpeter swans (Cygnus buccinator) in Ontario, Canada (5).
Outside of northern Quebec, there is little evidence to confirm reports of nesting by Canada Geese in Arctic habitats of North America, but they nest regularly in the Arctic tundra of West Greenland, from about 62[degrees]N to as far north as 76.96[degrees]N, 71.11[degrees]W.