Wednesday, April 22, 2015
New baby geese and 2 new geese marriages
For those of you who have been trying to do some fishing on the north side of Lake Murray, San Diego, your wait is over. The goslings have hatched and the parents introduced them to the other family today far away from the nesting site. Right now, the two geese families are not mingling, but are keeping an eye on each other. When the two families met, both parents had a long discussion about something. I think they were telling each other which way they were going. The geese parents of the older goslings seemed a bit more demanding about the right of way. It's probably because they have more goslings, which makes them the more dominant family.
The new family has four bitties who possibly hatched yesterday or Monday:
One gosling was having a bit of a problem like it wasn't feeling well and sometimes lagged behind:
The older gosling parents were watching the younger ones as they walked away:
It looks like we have two new geese marriages or engagements. I think this is Squeaker and her older husband or fiance:
I couldn't get a photo of the other couple which seemed to include Grumpy, the sulking teenage gander which someone grabbed last weekend. Today, he seemed happy and was flying around with another, older goose. I think he was showing her his favorite spot near the dam. The other four are still milling around, begging for food. I'm hoping some of these guys will move to another area as the grass here is drying up with the drought.
By the way, I call them marriages because once geese pair up, they stay together for life and almost never cheat on each other.