Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Nature Notes: Mother goose with a gaggle of teenagers

I was leaving a shopping area by a back way when I was stopped by a bunch of young geese crossing the road.
Fortunately I had my camera and there was no one behind me so I let them take their time.
There were already a bunch of young geese that had crossed safely but mama goose was waiting on the stragglers.
It was a very big crowd of young geese with the one adult and she stood patiently waiting for the last ones to make their way across.
Finally the last two started strutted with their long legs and big feet and only then did mother goose cross the road herself.
Once they made it to the strip of grass and were foraging I took some more shots but there were too many to get them all in one shot.
It seemed like a pretty unlikely place to hang out because they would have to go back across the same road eventually.
I hope they managed to get back to wherever they came from without anyone getting hit by a car. Thursday is the official Nature Notes day at the host site, Rambling Woods.


Squirrel said...

I always enjoy seeing youthful wildlife.

NicoleB, Egypt said...

They are sweet!
I've never seen wild geese.
I didn't know they had that many young ones. Amazing!
Hope too that they stayed safe!

Cezar and Léia said...

Great surprise, lucky girl!Ahhh that mommy goose is taking good care of the little ones, happy family there!

Leora said...

Thanks for the trip with the geese! Fun to follow them.

EG CameraGirl said...

Glad you had your camera, Carver! The goslings are starting to look a bit gangly now, aren't they?

Caron said...

It's so neat the way they wait like that. We once saw buffalo crossing a swift stream and the buffalo moms let their calves get caught in the current for just enough seconds to teach them the power of the water.

Those goslings look just. like. teenagers.

eileeninmd said...

Now, that is a big group of goslings. I hope they stay safe. The roads can be dangerous.

eileeninmd said...

Now, that is a big group of goslings. I hope they stay safe. The roads can be dangerous.

Rambling Woods said...

Nice series...geese families travel from area to area if they can to get the nice young grass. We had three couples show up with there month old goslings out of is dangerous though....Michelle

MyMaracas said...

That must have been a sight to see! Thanks for sharing these adorable youngsters.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carver: They go from that pretty stage to the gangly stage really fast.

Unknown said...

sweet, first photo is a classic.

Sabine said...

What an amazing sight, and how lucky you were to catch it!

Carver, I wanted to thank you so much for your visits to my blog, and for your kind words. I know I've been very bad at keeping in touch - first because of work, and then because I just need as much time away from the PC as I can get...