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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

In search of goslings

The two stayed close, never more than a few meters from each other. These geese were accustomed to people, watching but never retreating, which we found peculiar. We heard they had goslings at Cavendish Grove every year. My husband and I were determined to see them this year.


This was the scene on May 14, 2017 as the geese hung out on the left bank.


 


We visited again on May 19th and the geese swam around 


 


and later, watched us leave.


 


This was the scene yesterday, June 13th, when we visited Cavendish Grove again.


 

                                                            

Where are the geese and goslings? But, more importantly, where is the pond?

30 comments:

DJan said...

Yikes! It's gone! Not just the geese, but the pond. How did that happen?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

In search of . . . oh damn, I thought you meant Ryan Gosling!

Silver in AZ said...

wow, that's amazing!

Anvilcloud said...

Two puzzles for you to solve. Haven't you been having wet weather?

Joanne Noragon said...

It seems to be some sort of an overflow pond. I'd be curious enough to call local government and see what the pond is about.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Good heavens! Could it be really marshy land and now that you're in summer the water has dried up? It's the only thing I can think of Marie! As for the geese they're off in search of water ☺

Angela said...

Those poor geese are flying around looking for a water spot. Do you have a drought so there isn't enough water to fill the pond? Pretty photos!!

Debbie said...

WoW!!! unbelievable, i guess saying it has been dry there would be an understatement!!!

Anonymous said...

Such a shame about the pond drying up. I sure enjoyed the beautiful geese photos.

bill burke said...

Wow, that is incredible. Gone in just 25 days since your previous visit. A mystery that I hope you can find an answer.

Marie Smith said...

It is an overflow area by the look of it. The water level was high with the spring run-off. Now the water level is low and the grasses have grown up. There is water running into the area still.

Marie Smith said...

I'd rather search for the avian kind of gosling, Debra. Lol.

Marie Smith said...

It was a shock, SW.

Marie Smith said...

We've had lots of rain, AC. But not enough for this pond obviously.

Marie Smith said...

There is an upper pond which flows into this area, Joanne. We've had lots of rain too. There are geese in the area still, according to the geese feces around. We checked out the upper pond and they weren't hanging out there.

Marie Smith said...

They are still hanging out there PDP, according to the feces around the area.

Spring run-off filled this overflow pond I guess. We've had lots of rain too but not enough to suppress these grasses.

Marie Smith said...

We've had lots of rain, Angela. The geese hang out there, near an upper pond I suspect, though we couldn't find any that day.

Marie Smith said...

We've had lots of rain, Debbie. Not enough to suppress the grasses in that area.

Marie Smith said...

It is wet there but the grasses are growing up anyway.

Marie Smith said...

It's been wet, Bill. But not enough to suppress the grasses in the lower water level after spring run-off.

Robert Smith said...

Strange things happen on your island. Here we get lakes forming in the fields when it rains, which is quite often in the British Summer.

I'm suffering with "Bloggers Block" at the moment!

Tabor said...

Oh my. These geese better have excellent timing in the raising of their families.

Ginnie said...

Oh, dear me. Let's do imagine the best...that the wee ones will soon be seen in the days to come?!

Marie Smith said...

I hope the block passes, Keith. 🙂

Marie Smith said...

I hope so too, Tabor.

Marie Smith said...

We will visit again, Ginnie. There is evidence of geese there somewhere.

Barbara said...

Amazing change.

Marie Smith said...

It is indeed, Barbara.

The Furry Gnome said...

I often seen pairs of geese here starting to nest in ephemeral flooded fields. I fear if the water lasts too long and goslings actually get born the chances of predators getting them is high.

Marie Smith said...

I fear for them too, FG, but the biggest problem for this pair was the water disappeared.