It's been a long time coming for this long-mated pair of Canadian Geese. They have been nesting in our neighborhood pond for years. And each Spring they build a nest in a great spot right next to the waterfall/damn where it would be difficult for predators to find. But, neighbors nearby have been addling the eggs (with a permit) for years, because they do not want the pond overrun by geese and their droppings.
So, the sad tale has been this pair has never experienced the joy of seeing their eggs hatch and then raising their young...............until this year.
I am so happy to share the photo of the babies and one of their parents with you. They were running away from me as I was trying to capture their photo but you can see the goslings are growing up so fast. I am delighted by the sight of this family. The parents are so so proud and are keeping their young ones close.
Just a delightful late Spring day to see this happy family in our pond.
Very sad news today, a black bear came into our yard and proceeded to destroy the bird feeders. Not content with the seed, he went for the occupied birdhouse that was hanging from a tree. He pulled it down, made off with it and then ripped it apart eating the occupants. So very sad.
I know this is nature, but damn, he had his fill of seed, gosh darn it. Now what can we do?
No more seed out for awhile in the hopes he'll not return.
So very sad. Any suggestions as to how we can deter his return and protect our remaining birdhouses and occupants?
Will research and report back soon.