Hello, it’s me again, Ratty. You know, The Everyday Adventurer. Do you know what I have for you today? Well, I’m sure you’ve already figured out that it involves geese again. To my utter regret though, this will be the last time the geese will make an appearance this week.
But wait, you say, what is the post about? This one is the grand finale of Goose Week. It’s about the older family of geese, and it’s something most other people never talk about. It’s not something bad or disgusting. It’s about growing up. These goslings are turning into actual full fledged geese.
Most little goslings are a pale yellow in color. If you look at my pictures here, you can see that these teenaged geese are beginning to change. Their colors are starting to resemble the colors of the adults. They’ll soon leave the nest and decide to go out into the wide world.
You all know how cute little baby birds look? You know, all fuzzy and yellow. Well these aren’t babies, they’re teenaged goslings. These birds, like most teenagers, are temporarily awkward and ugly. Just look at them in the picture above. They look more like plucked chickens than geese.
Their beaks have turned black. Their bodies are darkening to the brown color of other geese. They have all begun to grow their white chinstraps. Even their necks are turning black. They are beginning to look just like the adults. Pretty soon they’ll all fly for the very first time.
Okay, enough of the joke. I just wanted to show you that these geese are right in the middle of turning into adults. Most people like showing babies, but not many remember to show you this stage of development. I remembered. Next time we all see them, we might not be able to tell the difference between them and other adult geese.