OMG: We have geese and goslings

Well, the female 88K is back, and with her a new swain, 92P, and six goslings. Where did they come from? What do I do now? I know nothing of geese or how to tend them.

And of course Frank and Honey are gone, and won’t return with this crew around.

OMG. Well, I have to report 92P now, who must be a male.

88K was here a while back, and I reported her and got my Official Goose Spotter certificate. She must have been checking out the place in early April.

I’ll try to feed them now. . . .

37 Comments

  1. Jiten
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    You could leave it to nature. After all 92P and 88K are the descendants of an unbroken chain of individuals who managed to survive(at least until leaving progeny)going back 3bn years!

  2. Pat Flannery
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Heh, if there’s one thing I know about Canada geese it’s that they don’t need our help. Just sit back and enjoy.

    • Dominic
      Posted May 1, 2018 at 3:09 am | Permalink

      They have taken over as one of the commonest geese in the British Isles…

  3. Posted April 30, 2018 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I have seen mallard ducks and canada geese coexisting in the Gaywood River near where I live (with muscovy ducks, intermediate in size between the other two species, also in the equation).

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted April 30, 2018 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      Lots of Canadians and Mallards and Teal here in urban Wichita. They do fine together.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted April 30, 2018 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

        OKAY, Canada geese. There are probably a few Canadians as well.

        • Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

          It is easy to tell the difference. The Canada geese go “honk” and the Canadians go “eh”.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Such warm and fuzzy names Mrs 88K and Mr. 92P. I think you will need some names. Maybe Ralph and Alice.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      But the goslings are easily named: 180KP, 181KP, … , 185KP.

  5. Posted April 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    In the pond near my campus, there is a “waterfowl feeder” that dishes out pellets. The geese love it.

  6. busterggi
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    If Honey is siting on a clutch she may still be around. I’ve know plenty of geese & ducks to peacefully co-exist.

  7. GBJames
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    So 88K = Mother Goose!

  8. Taskin
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    The pond near my house has geese, mallards and wood ducks in it, so I agree that the geese don’t necessarily mean the ducks have been chased away.
    Maybe the goose researchers will want to band the goslings.

  9. Frank Bath
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    We have Canada geese in great number in the UK. They won’t go home.

    • Blue
      Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      That is funny, Mr Bath.
      I am sorry, Canada; but that is a stitch !

      You will be here all week, I wager, not ? !

      Blue

  10. Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Try to ID the goslings if possible. Keep track of the days . . . and let’s see if they go off to a goose nursery and where that nursery may be. But these are urban geese. I’d be fascinated to know.

    My other thought: why are they tracking them? Here they are being, well, taken out, frequently because of water quality problems at public beaches.

    Congrats on the certificate!

  11. Craw
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Are Canada Geese a pair-banding species?

  12. Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    The Canada Geese and the Mallards get along very well here on Loving Creek. I’ve never seen any interaction between them whatsoever, and I have plenty of both. If Botany Pond is small and you’re feeding them, that may change the equation.

  13. tubby
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Unlike Canadians, Cananda geese are miserable, aggressive, hissing poop machines. I would avoid them because being attacked by geese isn’t too fun.

    • Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      They’re noxious pests in urban and suburban environments. That’s because we lure them in with manicured grassy parks and golf courses, where they love to feed. Whose fault is that? In their natural environment, like here on Aubrey Spring Ranch, they’re at home and very shy of people.

      Mallards are dabblers. Canada Geese are grazers. They don’t compete for the same food resource.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted April 30, 2018 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

        Bravo

      • Posted April 30, 2018 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

        Ditto. Geese are positively dainty with their little poops compared to, say, most mammals.

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted April 30, 2018 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

          Yes, very good that cows don’t fly.

          • busterggi
            Posted April 30, 2018 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

            In Mobile,

      • tubby
        Posted April 30, 2018 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

        I don’t blame the for it, I just avoid them because goose attacks aren’t fun. I would not feed them for fear of making them even more aggressive.

  14. Warren Bailey
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    We have geese on our pond, you should avoid them if at all possible as they have none of the endearing qualities of ducks

  15. Michael Fisher
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Goose interloper 88K? Obvious Alt-Right code!

  16. Posted April 30, 2018 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    If you feed them sauce you can feed the same kind to both of them because… Uh…

    How does that old saying go?

    • Posted May 1, 2018 at 6:12 am | Permalink

      I don’t think you’re supposed to feed them the sauce, you are supposed to drizzle it on them having roasted them.

  17. jhs
    Posted April 30, 2018 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I love the appreciation certificate. Maybe my children would make me one since Mother’s Day is just around the corner.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted April 30, 2018 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      What’s your species & band ID code? 🙂

      • harrync
        Posted April 30, 2018 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

        You are a real gentleman, MF – by not asking jhs when she was hatched.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted April 30, 2018 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

          🙂

          • jhs
            Posted May 1, 2018 at 10:48 am | Permalink

            🙂

  18. Dominic
    Posted May 1, 2018 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    What does the United States Geological Survey have to do with geese???

  19. Hempenstein
    Posted May 1, 2018 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Take heed to comments & comments in #s 13 & 14. If you start feeding the geese, you’re at great risk that your legacy will end “… and who brought the Canada Geese to Botany Pond.”

  20. Posted May 1, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Wonderful parents and cute babies! But I miss Honey and Frank. I hope that they will soon show up.


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