Monday, January 16, 2006

Looking For Geese


This am our pond in the Big Piney Woods. I am looking for the geese to come back from wherever geese go in the winter. If you look really hard, you can see the goose nest across the frozen waters, close to the bank on the other side.

For years, geese have hatched out little yellow babies in that nest. Then they have to jump out into the icy waters, never to return to the box again! Mom and Dad geese are very good parents and take extra good care of these little yellow fellows. They grow super-fast, in a couple months, you can hardly tell them from their parents!!! They usually come back early to "claim" the box, much fighting goes on and there is always feathers all over. Mom and Dad have been lucky to actually see the babies right after they were hatched and see them trying to jump out. Sometimes it takes several hours for them to get brave enough, and the parents chatter away at them, coaxing them out of the straw, into the pond. One drawback, however, they are very messy, leaving their "calling card" everywhere for you to step in.

Mom says it is to early yet, but they do come back when there is still ice on the pond. It is funny to watch them set their wings and slide across the ice!

Patches

10 comments:

PrincessMia said...

Patches, that's a beautiful picture and what a fantastic window you have. And you get to see geese? What is that? Can I come visit?

William said...

That sounds like a lot of fun to watch!

Daisy said...

Can I teleport over there and sit and watch for geese with you? I have never seen a geese, but heard it go honk-honk when it flew over thuh house once.

Derby said...

Mum says the gooses must all be at the place where she works. She says they have hundreds of them. The gooeses have nice yards and ponds to play on. And yes they make lots of messes.

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

We gots lots of gooses too. Sometimes they come in our yard for us to stalk. They are huge man! But the babies are so cute & fluffy & yellow. Then they grow into gangly teenagers. Then they poop everywhere.

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Just thought of something....maybe thats why Mystrie is so fat. Maybe shes been eating those nice plump geese?

Edsel/The Pooch said...

wow, where you live is really, really pretty. i like my yard a lot, but your place looks way cool. could i maybe visit sometime?

Oreo said...

Can you eat a gooses? Are they good?

Patches & Mittens said...

Dere Kitty Friends:

The gooses am to big to eats. They chase Mistrie if she gets to close; they are mean mean to poodins.

John (and the Good Cats) said...

Hi, Kelly Cat's human John here. It's so cool that you have a pond right there with a family of geese. The suburban campus of my employer is home to lots of Canada geese, and I get to see lots of their fuzzy poopers, um, peepers (or did I have that right the first time?). Pat + I went to a wildlife preserve in the area once and a local guide showed us a goose's nest like yours with mother goose sitting on it. We got away before dad got back and got upset.