In retrospect I can say that May is bird month around here. We have fourteen incubator hatched chickens in the coop that are approaching seven weeks. And we have had a wild goose family staying around with their four chicks.
At the end of March I posted a video of a the pair of nesting geese, before they had chicks, chasing off another couple. Now that their goslings are several weeks old, they have a whole new attitude. What was one family has grown to three families, with twelve goslings in all. They have been here for a couple of days now.
We share the field with a wild Canadian family. This is the second time in seven years that we have had nesting geese. They eat constantly. Fortunately they leave our vegetables alone.
The father is fierce. Yesterday he was tussling with a Great Blue Heron that was twice as tall and had a wing span twice as long as his. He finally chased the heron away after a lot of honking and flapping of wings from both parties.
Swimming in our pond…
I love to watch a flock of geese come in all together for a well coordinated landing on the pond. The only thing I like better is to watch them get into position before they all take off together. They come around and take over whenever they want to, unless its goose season. They never show up during goose season.
A family of wild geese.
We suspected that these two geese had a hidden nest. Now we know. It is a sight to behold, the family moving around together. They keep the goslings constantly herded between them and the father goes on the attack toward anyone approaching, other geese included. He hunches down his head and curls up his neck, and starts running and flapping his wings at the slightest invasion of his family’s space. Continue reading