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Thursday, 13 June 2019

A gaggle revisited

A return visit to Cavendish Grove to visit a gaggle of geese did not disappoint though we didn’t see them until we were ready to leave. When we arrived, we checked the basin and the pond where a goose had nested, then the upper pond where we had seen the geese during our last visit. No geese. 


My husband’s mother was visiting from Newfoundland and we brought a picnic lunch with us which we enjoyed in the burgeoning green of the grove. 





Afterwards, we walked to Cavendish Beach. It was a lovely sunny day with a bit of a cool breeze, perfect for a walk.





On our return to the car, the four geese and eight goslings were in the pond where the nesting island is located. 





We were delighted to see them and quietly stood at a distance to take some photos. The geese were wary of our presence nonetheless. They left that pond and crossed the path to the basin. 





The goslings are growing wings now and their colour is darker with each day. They ate the reeds they pulled up from the water and swam around with the adults.




We will return to look for them again.




Update:


We visited twice since then. The first time there was a gaggle of geese, two adults and nine geese, not the group we had seen before.


The second time, there weren’t any geese.


The Lake of Shining Waters is within walking distance of these small ponds. Could the adults, who would be molting now, have led the goslings to the large gaggle which always congregates there?


We plan to visit the lake to look for goslings.

20 comments:

DJan said...

Your pictures, as always, are wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to find those goslings and take pictures of them. I look forward to more the next time. Hope they are all okay. :-)

Shammickite said...

The geese definitely like to congregate with other geese. There's a large cornfield I drive pass that is full of stubble, hasn't been ploughed yet, and last week I estimate more than 1000 geese there.... it was fence to fence geese over the whole field!

John's Island said...

Hello Marie, I sure enjoyed all your photos in this post. It is fun to watch the geese and goslings. You have some excellent captures here. Hard for me to pick a favorite ... they are all so good. The third photo ... looks like 2 families, one with 6 goslings, and one with 2. Such a neat photo! I believe it was here on your blog that I learned about geese molting. I am now watching for that at Green Lake. Cavendish Beach is sure a great looking spot. The more I see of your beautiful countryside the more I want to visit and see it in person! :-) Quick question if you have time, in the second photo, on the beach, what is the purpose of the wire fence?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh, I remember the Lake of Shining Waters from "Anne of Green Gables!" Is there an actual pond named that or is it called something different but understood to be "the" body of water that LM Montgomery was referring to?

William Kendall said...

They're wonderful birds to watch.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I guess the adults will do what they think is best for their young. Looks like you had a wonderful day for a picnic.

bill burke said...

It's wonderful that you are following them. They probably recognize you now. Great photos and thanks for the update.

Anvilcloud said...

We did the tour, but we don't remember The Lake of Shining Waters.

Rhodesia said...

Such fun to see these youngsters. Great photos. Have a good weekend Diane

Elephant's Child said...

How absolutely beautiful.
Thank you (so much) for taking us along.

Catarina said...

Once upon a time, there was this happy Torontonian family walking on that beach and finding the water utterly cold... but having a marvelous time...

The goslings are always so cute!

Have a great weekend, Marie!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's so lovely to be keeping up with the goose family as the Gosling's grow up Marie.. Looking forward to the next visit ✨

Andrea said...

Beautiful spring day there....and the goslings are so cute! We have a duck here 20 ducklings following it in the lake! Andrea

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

Every one of your posts seems to be more outstanding than the one before and the prose that accompanies it is lovely. Thanks Marie.

jenny_o said...

Oh, my! Haven't they grown?!

Retired Knitter said...

Looks like the perfect place for these birds.

Debbie said...

i can't answer your question marie, but i sure hope everyone is safe. i know the "parents" are always over protective of the goslings, i'm sure they did whatever they thought was right for the little ones!! great pictures today!!

Tomoko said...

I really enjoyed your photos.
You hahe a beautiful season.
Have a wi onderful day!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, beautiful captures of the geese and their families. The first tow views are just lovely. Great photos. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week ahead!

Barbara said...

You can see the goslings growing and changing in each post. So neat. I'll bet your MIL enjoys the outings too. I think it is so important to get out into nature and not be housebound as we get older. I'm wondering how long a drive, timewise, these adventures take you?