For anyone interested here are links to all the updates about this nesting goose. These updates contain all of the changes she went through each time I saw her. From the first time I saw her on the nest, all the way to her disappearance, including pictures of the eggs she laid.
- Nesting Goose
- Nesting Goose Update
- Nesting Goose Update 2 - The Eggs
- Nesting Goose Update 3 - Soaked
- Nesting Goose Update 4 - Done
When I first heard the geese I was at the other end of the park. It's not a very big place, but it packs a lot of nature and a nice short hike in this little nature park. I didn't plan on getting many pictures when I got there. I just went to relax a bit.
Anyway, when I heard the honking sounds of the geese I was glad a few geese were back in the park. I figured I'd probably take a few pictures for myself, but it wasn't anything important. I had no idea I'd find something special when I reached the back of the park.
When I got back there I immediately knew that this family of geese was the one I was watching before. I saw them through the trees heading for the shore before I got all the way back to the viewing area. I had to run to get close to them before their swim was over and they went back to their hiding place.
When the babies were still in the eggs there were seven altogether. It might be hard to see in these photos, but it looks like five of the babies survived up to this point. I haven't seen them in awhile so they are already getting big. I didn't get to see them when they were newborn, but I'm glad to see them now.
The day they disappeared I saw another family of geese on the nearby shore. They also had five little goslings. At that time those babies were about the same size as these are now. But how do I know these are the family of my nesting goose, and not that other family?
I can positively tell you these are the right geese. You'll have to come back in the next few days to read more so you can find out how I know all of this. There's an even bigger story here that explains the whole thing. You don't want to miss this!