Canada goose mother and father at front and back of a line of six new goslings learning to navigate the creek this morning.
I dropped my car off to be inspected this morning then walked through town to the post office to mail a few packages. There had been fog and while I was hoping for a nice fog image I was out of luck, and worst the fog subdued all the animals along the creek. But on my way back the fog had thinned and the day brightened so I spent nearly an hour following a family of Canada geese as they gracefully navigated a section of Chartiers Creek.
They began swimming with the current along the bank about 100 yards from where their nests are, then turned around and began paddling against the current.
Every 20 feet or so they would pull up to the bank and the little ones would get out and walk around a bit and peck on things while vigilant parents kept watch.
Even while paddling the parents constantly kept an eye on me and all else.
Then off they would go again, though one little one was curious and kept getting caught up in little side investigations.
Five other geese came downstream and three followed the little family at a distance along the edge for a while. The parents didn’t seem concerned—possibly those were last year’s goslings of their own family learning a little more about raising baby geese. I thought they might be a crew of bachelor geese who were kidding each other about parenthood.
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