Canada Goose Family

I promised well over a month ago to share photos of the Canada Goose Family I`ve been following. It`s hard getting back into the blog habit, but I`ll try to get back at it because I have a TON of photos of the families on our pond (our pond is actually not ours, but it feels like it). The first photo in today`s post was taken when the goslings were, maybe, a couple of days old. Many of the pictures are taken through our living room window, which has secondary glazing on it … still … argh. Anyway, sadly this means that unless it`s sunny, the goslings are a tad soft in focus. I am sorry about that, but there you are.

Just a couple of days old, the goslings are just taller than the grass.
Just a couple of days old, the goslings are just taller than the grass.
Two days later, a little taller, but not much.
Two days later, a little taller, but not much.
Five days after I first saw them, their legs are stronger and Mama and Papa Goose let them go a little farther afield
Five days after I first saw them, their legs are stronger and Mama and Papa Goose let them go a little farther afield
4. Day 6
Much further from the pond than before, their personalities are beginning to show.
5. Day 7
But they are still, really, little bundles of down.
6. Day 9
Two days later, they`re taller and their markings are beginning to show.
7. Day 10 - They're sprouting necks!
Just as puppies one day seem to sprout knees out of the blue, so do these Canada Goslings. This was the closest to the house they`d yet ventured and I realised suddenly that they had long, curvy necks. OK, `long`is relative, but they are definitely curvy.
8. Day 13
One of the five is missing from the shot. He`s the adventurous little fellow off on his own that Dad is always watching for.
9. Day 14 - Finally a shot of them swimming!
Finally, I was down at the pond while they were in the water. Look at them go!
10. Day 15
The next day I noticed the distinctive white stripe on the sides of their faces.
11. Day 16 - May 27
Babies still, that`s for sure. Confident enough to venture out from the flock while they eat, but what you can`t see is Mama hovering to the left.

It has been such a treat watching the families on the pond grow. But the Canada Geese have been a real joy and I never tire of watching them. They truly are eating machines, often eating while they rest in the grass after their legs become too tired to bear their weight. They`ll walk and eat for a few feet, then plop down to rest, eating the entire time.

I have hundreds of photos … some really not worth looking at because they`re so blurry, but as I go through them, I smile anyway. The Coots are beginning to have the same shape as their parents and the Mallards resemble nothing less than a gang of teenage girls  – where the leader goes the others follow unerringly. The Tufted Ducks are very shy and I wonder whether I`ll ever actually see their babies, but I hope to.

just now, I looked out my living room window and there were the Goslings (almost fully grown now as these photos were taken back in May – the last on May 27) and the Baby Coots (several weeks younger than the Goslings) all feeding together beside the pond, Yellow Wagtails darting about the lawn nearby. Often, the Mallard family is there, too. Such a privilege and a joy.

But that’s life, isn’t it … a privilege and a joy should you choose to see it that way.

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