Top Photo: Goslings resting at Sailboat Pond on May 15, two weeks after first being sighted in wetlands.
I first saw the pair of geese with 5 goslings in tow on the first day of May. They were swimming across the open water of our wetlands. Waterfowl in general are precocious, that is, they’re ready to go the day of, or day after they hatch.
The next time I saw them they had lost one their number. The four remaining geese have been paddling across our wetlands, walking, swimming and lounging throughout the north side of our campus ever since.
The following is a collection of photos from the first three months of their lives up to and including the eleventh day of August.
Over three months and a week from hatching, the geese favor the Sailboat Pond and can be found there most mornings.
Though they can all fly at this point, they do most of their traveling on foot. As far as I’m aware, the young geese have only flown in and out of the Sailboat pond and across the small wetland pond in Explore the Wild. I’ll report here when they take their first flight out of and away from the museum.