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Sunday bird day: The Canada goose family. Photography Challenge Day 77

Today’s photos are brought to you by the family of Canada geese I saw walking this morning.

One of the parents and two of the goslings grazing on the grass seeds.

So this year there are quite a few geese pairs that are raising their first brood of the year.

The parents and the four little goslings.

This pair has hatched four for the first round of young this year.

Three of the young grazing in the water puddles in the street this morning.

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.

One of the goslings deciding to catch up with its siblings.

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.

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Photography Challenge Day 63: The Canada Goose “family”

Well at least one pair of geese at the lake have had an successful first brood of the season.

The Canada geese and their offspring swimming on the lake.

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…”).

The goslings following one parent, while the other is trying to get them to turn around again.

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.

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