I was thrilled to watch the Mother Goose story from the hatching to the swan dives and the slide show of ma & pa taking the goslings to the pond.
The next day my husband and I went the pond area (at the business next to the Contra Costa Times) and saw them on the green. Went back the next day and saw them swimming in the pond. Two days later we walked the whole network of creeks and ponds and did not see them. Went back again yesterday and today and can’t find them. We did see two other geese on nests with eggs. Each in a different area. Also two ducklings swimming.
What could have happened to them? I worry that they may have been run off by a dog, although it doesn’t seem likely in that area. Is there another pond area near by or am I just not seeing them? We’ll appreciate your input on this.
Ann & Bill from Concord
Ann & Bill:
In the past, Mom and Pop goose have marched their chicks down Oak Grove Road to where the canal and jogging trail cross the street. They all hop into the canal and paddle off to Heather Pond in Walnut Creek. Or … there are so many nooks and crannies in Shadelands Industrial Park, there’s no telling where they might be. A couple of years ago I was monitoring the goose and her chicks and they disappeared from the little pond for 3-4 days before reappearing. So there may even be another or other “secret” little ponds in the courtyards of these businesses.
Hope this helps. Thanks for caring. /Gary
I’m so excited! Thanks to your experienced and expert advise, we went to Heather Farms pond and there they were! At first we thought we had the wrong family because of the white goose. It soon became apparent that she has signed on as a nanny/body guard. Isn’t this very unusual? I would think Mother or Father would run her off. Instead she (he?) is now part of the family.
I’ve attached photos at the business park when they were three days old (April 2) and the others were taken today (April 12). Out of about 50 geese, these were the only goslings. Isn’t that also unusual?
Thanks again for starting this wonderful saga.
Ann & Bill, Concord
Ann & Bill:
Geese will often commonly work together to help share the care of goslings. The white goose obviously is feeling maternal. I’ve never seen a white goose helping Canada geese, but I’ve seen Canada geese helping other Canada geese before.
Whatever works. Thanks for taking all the trouble to send me these great photos. My other readers should REALLY enjoy them! Until next year … /Gary