It was such a welcome surprise. We’d had a walk on the Millman Road and headed to Cavendish Grove for a picnic lunch. Our intention was to walk to the Lake of Shining Waters after lunch to look for goslings among the geese who frequent the lake. The geese and goslings who had been in the grove this spring, hadn’t been there the last time we’d visited.
They were this time. In fact, ten adults and numerous goslings were in and around the basin,
more adults than we had seen this spring. While we ate in the sunny cool breeze, we watched the gaggle move from bank to water and disperse among the grasses.
The goslings stayed close to the adults who were wary of any movement we made.
The adults are molting and there are feathers over the grass around the basin.
For the next month or more, the adults and goslings will be vulnerable and security in numbers is a coping strategy.
It was good to see our old friends in the grove again.
Nine days later we visited the Grove. There was a huge change this time as the basin had almost dried out.
There was a small amount of water in one side without any geese. I walked to the upper pond and saw geese immediately, two groups among the plants at riverside.
One group had four adults and eight goslings. The other group had two adults and two goslings. I suspect the other geese we had seen previously were among the grasses further up the pond.
The goslings are growing feathers now to replace the down.
Their heads are turning black with the white Canada goose chinstrap and their necks are dark to black.
Another few weeks and they’ll be flying.