17 May Meet Father Goose | May 2016
Meet Father Goose
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.
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.
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.
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