|Our resident Canada Goose pair - Greta and Felix first nested here in 2005|
Birds have begun to return now at the nature preserve – the blackbirds, Killdeer, and even a Woodcock was recently spotted. Our original resident pair of Canada Geese came back early last week and were seen on one of the beaver ponds quite close to their traditional nest site.
|When Greta leaves the nest to feed, she covers up the eggs with her own down feathers|
|Greta turns her eggs so they incubate evenly|
|Hatch day arrived (circa 2011)|
|7 goslings hatched on the nest island (circa 2008)|
|Felix leading the brood across the beaver pond|
|The unhatched eggs remained in the nest for weeks until some animal finally discovered them (2010)|
Each year in spring, one of our foot trails becomes the "goose trail" once the young birds are ambulatory. At least 4 times a day, the parent geese escort their charge several hundred yards overland between the beaver pond system and the man-made pond. Often in the late spring and early summer, pedestrian traffic will need to stop and pull way off the side of the trail to allow the skittish family to pass by.
|Taking the kids on the overland route (circa 2010)|
|Just another day of hissing at the beavers|
|Felix chases after Julia - who doesn't really offer much of a reaction.|
|The goslings are beginning to molt into adult plumage|
|Greta & Felix and the rest of the geese that failed to reproduce in 2012 - gathered together for a group picture|