Egyptian Goose, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Meet Father Goose | May 2016

Meet Father Goose

Egyptian Goose, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Meet Father Goose

Egyptian Goose, Male

Please Meet Father Goose

Admittedly, he’s not the white goose that you see in children’s books.

He’s an Egyptian Goose, which is an introduced species in the United States.

He’s very similar to the female, except he has a dark spot on his upper chest.

Otherwise, you can recognize him because he hisses and she honks; he follows and she leads.

A pair of these beautiful birds lives in Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Brea, CA.

Over the past three years they have raised three families.

These birds can be fierce. Once I saw the two adults chase a Red-tailed Hawk, almost pulling it out of the sky.

They can also be tender. Once I saw the male walk up to the female and gently touch the top of her head with the tip of his bill.

Egyptian Goose, Male, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in Meet Father Goose

Egyptian Goose, Male

Recently, something special happened.

Starting from perhaps 100 yards (100 m) away, the geese (two adults and five juveniles) walked toward me. They kept coming until they had formed a circle around me to nibble on the grass. Then, after a few minutes, they wandered off to another part of the park.

While they were there, I told them that they were good geese, wonderful parents, magnificent birds, and so on.

Maybe they came to me because geese appreciate hearing praise.

Maybe they came to bring a gift: An opportunity to be kind, in this case to a goose.

Or maybe to remind us that everyone can be kind.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

See more photos of the Egyptian Goose at: Birds Up Close

Read another Goose Story at: Feathers Make the Goose

Here are ways to be kind: 27 Ways to Show Kindness

Help Birds Tip

Avoid lawn chemicals

Why #1: Many birds eat plants, bugs, and seeds on the ground. As a result, these chemicals poison birds and the food they eat.

Why #2: Lawn chemicals can make people sick. The tricky part of this is: People become sick a long time after coming into contact with these chemicals. That happens because the toxins accumulate in body tissue, eventually causing cancers or other disorders.

Here’s an article that tells more: See Pest Control Chemicals

Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

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

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  • Jodi Newell
    Posted at 10:13h, 17 May

    I love these magnificent birds!

  • Sneed Collard
    Posted at 11:29h, 17 May

    Another delightful vignette, Steve! Thanks so much for sharing. I hope these birds don’t live next to the Tar Pits!

  • Penny Schafer
    Posted at 16:21h, 19 May

    Of course Steve, animals always seem to know which people are good, and which ones to avoid. That is why they chose to come close to you!

  • Susie Vanderlip
    Posted at 17:27h, 19 May

    Lovely blog post, Steve! Enjoyed it very much

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 07:01h, 20 May

    And they are beautiful in flight!

  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 11:01h, 23 May

    That must have been quite a sight, watching those geese grapple with the hawk mid-flight. But that tenderness too, what a thrill to see that.

  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 11:07h, 23 May

    P.S. I clicked through and read the chemicals post. Thank you for helping to get the word out about the dangers we all–humans, domestic animals, and wildlife–face with these chemicals in our environment. You said it more succinctly and better than any article I’ve seen. Thank you too for the lovely bird closeups. I always enjoy visiting that page.

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