By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 6:23 am in Mother Goose.
Finally got to Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek after the rain stopped. Mom, Dad & babes were there and the only family there. Saw maybe 20 adults, but no other youngsters.
Ann & Bill, Concord, California
Ann & Bill:
Thanks for taking the time to track down Mother Goose and her family so my readers can see that they are doing well! Much appreciated.
The following information is what I wrote in today’s column for the Bay Area News Group newspapers (for those who don’t read my columns). It’s a roundup of what has happened to Mother Goose and her little family since her eggs hatched and the four goslings jumped off their rooftop nest site at the Contra Costa Times. Also more of your great photos!
FROM THE NEWSPAPERS: Here’s an update on the Mother Goose family for those of you who’d like to know:
**** The four baby goslings jumped off the roof here at the Contra Costa Times on April 6, and we herded them to the little artificial pond at a business next door.
**** Two of the original six eggs were sterile and didn’t hatch. Mother Goose also had a sterile egg last year.
**** One of the goslings was slightly stunned by the “big jump” but it had recovered by the time we reached the pond.
**** Photos by Ann and Bill, of Concord, were posted in my blog on April 9. These great photos show Mother and Dad Goose and their four little goslings paddling around and having a good time in the artificial pond. http://www.ibabuzz.com/garybogue/2012/04/09/mother-father-goose-and-their-chicks-made-it-check-this-video
**** On Monday, Ann and Bill tracked the Mother Goose family down to Heather Farm Park, in Walnut Creek, and took more photos of them following each other around the large artificial lake and climbing out and eating grass on the beach.
**** All four goslings (and mom and dad) look like they are really doing fine. The four goslings are getting pretty big.
**** There’s a cement canal a few blocks from the Times that travels through Heather Farm Park. Mother Goose eventually walks her goslings to this canal every year, and they all have a nice paddle to the bigger Heather Farm lake, where they’ll stay until the goslings are large enough to fly.
Until next year, everyone! /Gary