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!