So I did a mini walk up at Boomer Lake yesterday after the storms moved through the area. That meant that the humidity and temperatures were climbing, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and hardly a breeze.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that there seems to be some large carnivore (fox or coyote) that is stalking the geese and ducks at Boomer Lake. The reason why I think this is that there are a lot of feathers laying around that should probably be on a bird (namely a goose), but aren’t.
So I’m wondering what type of shape the other animal is in–I’m assuming other ducks, and possibly geese came to the aid of this mallard (which is why it’s only missing a leg and isn’t dead).
So I’d noticed that while there are a decent number of both goslings and ducklings—there isn’t an overabundance of them (especially goslings). But I have noticed that the geese (and ducks) without young have been gathering together during the days now.
I’d say that I would try to get to the lake at night to get a glimpse or a photograph of the carnivore–but that isn’t going to happen. For one thing–I have no idea of the type of carnivore (and I don’t want to possibly be facing a coyote), and the other reason–I have no idea of the time (and I’m not going to be camping out at the lake trying to get a glimpse of it). So I’ll just have to make do with knowing that something is going through, and maybe catch a glimpse in the early morning (if I get back up there to get some sunrise pictures).
I’m going to more or less let the pictures speak for themselves today.
So the ducklings aren’t usually as visible during my walks as the young goslings are–probably because there aren’t nearly as many mallards as Canada geese at the lake. So I was pleasantly surprised to see this group swimming around the other morning.
This was about as close as I was willing to get to goslings (and parents) the other morning. I was able to walk down to the edge of the lake to see if turtles were out–but I wasn’t able to actually walk on the sidewalk. The geese had taken it over.
Well I know that these are ducklings and a parent. The only thing I’m not sure of is the exact species of duck. But it looked to have a good start at raising a good number of ducklings.
It will be interesting to see how many more broods the geese and ducks have since it seems that they started a little early this year.
Today’s photos are brought to you by the family of Canada geese I saw walking this morning.
So this year there are quite a few geese pairs that are raising their first brood of the year.
This pair has hatched four for the first round of young this year.
They actually managed to slow the little bit of traffic down this morning as they were playing in the street, before deciding to go graze in the grass.
I love how cute and fuzzy the young gosling look, though I was smart and stayed a good distance away from them. I don’t need to tangle with overprotective geese parents–they’re technically mean enough as it is without them thinking I’m a threat. Though since they’ve already started having broods–my early morning walks may be curtailed due to just the normal number of geese at the lake.
Though I can always take the morning walk and try to see how many different song birds I can find (instead of looking for different waterfowl). Decisions, decisions, decisions—we’ll have to see how the summer goes.
Well at least one pair of geese at the lake have had an successful first brood of the season.
So one can now officially declare it spring going into summer–I spotted the first goslings of the year. It’s a little early (since we still have a little over a week left in April), but there are five to six little Canada geese swimming between their parents. I even saw the front parent turn to run off another goose that was following them (and the goslings were like “oh, we need to turn okay…”).
Now through August/September the population of the geese at Boomer Lake will continue to increase, though by fall quite a few will be caught and transferred to other areas of the state. The hopes will be that the population will be thinned enough for the lake to support the ones that weren’t transferred and any migratory birds that come through as well.