31 May Herding Geese | May 2021
Herding Geese – A Goose Story
On April 22, I noticed a family of Canada Geese (2 adults and 6 goslings) across the street from our house.
And two neighbors were with them.
I put on a warm shirt, grabbed a camera, and hurried outside.
“These geese belong in the park,” I said.
So we escorted the geese to a nearby park.
This required: 1) Standing in front of them to prevent travel in the wrong direction, and 2) Moving gently toward them to encourage travel in the right direction.
We went a few blocks, crossed a 4-lane major street (with the light), and proceeded north another half a mile (0.8 km).
In the goose world, the female leads. The goslings follow. And the male follows the goslings as a security bookend.
The goslings were the most amazing part of this bird walk.
These small birds (about 6-in, or 15-cm, long) ran as fast as they could for the entire trip – always keeping up with mom.
When we came to curbs they jumped off. Or they fell off. Then they had to jump up on the next curb, which might have taken two or three attempts.
But they kept going. And they kept going. And they kept going.
Eventually, after about 50 minutes, we reached the park. And the geese immediately went to work on goose business – eating grass. Then the family went for a swim (as shown in the photo above).
As of May 27, there are still six goslings. And they are maturing well.
They have more than tripled in size. They are growing adult feathers. And they are showing signs of adult plumage.
These young geese now look forward to productive careers in other parks or prestigious golf courses.
Update: June 2. The goose family continues to do well. The six goslings now qualify as juveniles.
And I can report that this was the best, most enjoyable bird walk that I have ever taken.
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Did You Know?
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Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation