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Friday, May 22, 2015

the goslings are here

 

15-may-15-(7)

big enough to be eating grass and already used to having people close by – the parents are used to people too so no hissing

15-may-15-(3)

two groups of 6, with one group a bit older than the other

15-may-15-(5)

I love how both adult and chick are pecking at the grass in this one

15-may-15-(6)

and for the third year the mixed couple of one Canada and one Grey Laggard Goose have a chick – the resulting birds do look different but are part of the large group of geese (of both types) who live along the river)

15-may-15-(13)

I might not see any cygnets yet as I saw the swan nest abandoned with 5 eggs in it but no sign of the adults – it might have got wet when the river rose after the rain.

7 comments:

Sian said...

Don't you just love the thought of that mixed couple looking at each other and thinking "that's the one for me"?!

Maggie said...

A lovely sight. Shame about the swans nest.

Ruth said...

I love Sian's comment! We had 9 ducklings on the pond in the park last week, yesterday there was only one. :(

Prairie Jill said...

So cute! And I loved the "mixed" couple!

Miriam said...

Wonderful pictures Helena, yes the mixed couple made me smile too.

Sandie said...

Love hearing about your goslings again Helena, a sure sign a new season is with us finally. I've never heard of different types of geese pairing, how interesting. There was much excitement when I was in the Shetlands when a goose was blown off course. They are here in flocks so it seemed strange that it was such a rarity in that part of the country. Our local reservoir has lots of goslings too, such a lovely time of the year.

marshaleith said...

lovely goslings! I like the mixed "parents" in the last photo.
Too bad about the abandoned swan's nest.