Meet Mama and her brood.


I picked a header image featuring their feathery backsides, but … this was the only close-up photo of Mom with her entire brood and the one gosling flapping its wings just gives me a smile.
(“Hey Mom – how about some flying lessons too?”)

The first glimpses of goslings at the Park come Spring is always such a joy for me.  It’s not like the later families of Canada Geese, that share the perimeter path with us walkers over the next six weeks, will become old hat, but, believe me when I tell you I’m not the only one with a camera or phone snapping pictures while oohing and aahing over these fuzzy, feathered friends.

I got to the Park on Wednesday morning, happy that we did not get the anticipated rain, but instead had sunshine (yeah) and I was even happier when fellow walker Mike came over to tell me that he’d seen goslings along the path and gave me the family’s location.  I told Mike I’d been down to Dingell Park to visit Mama Duck and he said he’d been there the day before and she was off the nest and strolling around the pavilion and he went to see if the ducklings had hatched and saw eight eggs … so, it’s not soup yet folks, as that old Lipton commercial goes.

I thanked Mike and headed yonder to where the park bench is just a few yards from the entrance to the water … there is a big tree nearby and the parents like to bring their offspring to graze, then go for a dip.  I wanted a glimpse of the goslings to include their photos in a post close to Mother’s Day.  Would I make it to the other side of the Park before they disappeared into the bushes or swam away?  To get there timely, I cut across the grass, bypassing my usual steps on the perimeter path, and, of course completely forgetting two major things, i.e. 1)  the primary reason why I go to the Park (to walk); and 2)  the squirrels, who didn’t see me as I streaked past the usual “feeding spots” enroute to my destination.  That was a big faux pas because I arrived at this corner, saw the parents and their offspring and while pulling the camera out of my zippered vest underneath my coat (yup, another cold morning), out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a trio of squirrels had gathered at my feet and were looking up at me.  I was unable to tell if they wore a mystified look (as in “did you forget about us?), or an angry look (“wait a minute – the geese are more important than we are?”).  Yikes – what was I thinking?!  Quickly, I made my apologies, tossed down some peanuts and got ready to capture some cute shots.

I’m just going to caption the pictures below as there are so many, and admittedly,  they are not the best photos.  You never want to get too close to them, especially with the gander, ever-protective of his little family, and he will indeed hiss, flap his wings, or worse yet … charge at you if he deems you a threat to his goslings.  I always stay a respectful distance away whether they are newborns or almost ready to fledge and depart the Park. 

Good thing I arrived when I did because they did not graze long, then headed down to the water.  The water level in this area is so high, Mama Goose merely walked right into the Creek with their little ones in tow, and Papa bringing up the rear.  There were some hurried swimming lessons, and off they went, gliding down the middle of the Creek.  The family didn’t go far because they veered off to the left near a dock at a residence across the Creek and toddled off into the homeowner’s backyard.

Please enjoy this dose of cuteness.  

When I arrived, the five goslings surrounded Mom – she is the feathered sentinel who is standing on one leg, while the gander grazes in the foreground.
Aren’t they sweet?
They have been tucked away somewhere because they were not all that tiny.
Getting all the goslings to look my way was a difficult task.
I guess grazing wore them out.
Mom was willing to pose with a trio of her offspring.
Cuteness overload!
Breakfast is over, time for a swimming lesson.
Mom wants to go right, but some of the chicks prefer going the opposite way.
Eventually they followed her lead.
They clustered around Mom as Dad appears disinterested in swimming lessons.
And away we go …
Mom eyes me suspiciously as I stood between the reeds to get this shot of her and her baby.
Sippin’ AND swimmin’ … they are quick learners.
The goslings never stray too far from Mom.
Swimming lessons are done – time to eat!

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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60 Responses to Meet Mama and her brood.

  1. Shelley says:

    Aw….I LOVE this, they are so adorable, I’m so happy you had a nice day and that you got photos too! 🙂

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  2. Ally Bean says:

    I like your photos. I especially like the one featuring the south ends of northbound geese. 😊

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  3. Laurie says:

    Awww…cuteness overload is right! Glad to read that you did not forget about your furry friends too. I am sure the squirrels were appreciative of the handful of peanuts you gave them before you took photos of the cute little goslings. I bet you were happy that the forecasted rain did not show up!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you liked them Laurie. I just told Shelley that in another month, those same goslings will be almost as big as their parents, turning gray and black and having a whole lot of attitude. They grow up so fast, it is amazing. I wonder how old these goslings are as they sure aren’t newly hatched. I hightailed it from the start of the walking path and crossed over on the grass to see the goslings I usually just wait to see them on the path, but wanted some photos of them since we’re so close to Mother’s Day. The squirrels were probably stationed all the way along the path and so they chased after me thinking I forgot them. More joined me while I was standing there. I was happy it was dry too and I got out this morning too, but barely got back and it began raining and has been nonstop with a robust thunderstorm (or two) later tonight. I did this post early this morning due to tonight’s storm. I hope your rain has finally gone away.

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      • Laurie says:

        You are like the Pied Piper of squirrels, Linda! I can just picture them following after you. Be careful when following those goslings. Sometimes the parents can get downright nasty if they think their youngsters are being threatened.

        It is cold and damp here, but not rainy. I am hoping to get a little yardwork done before we pick up my grandsons at school tomorrow at noon.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Laurie – I have, on occasion, had a passel of them following me and I felt like the Pied Piper. I wish I could get a picture of that because it is very cute and the other walkers always smile and laugh when they see it. They are shameless sometimes. 🙂 You did a great job on your mulch – a huge pile and I see you put a lot out front and it looks nice. (Until the elm seeds fly and grow tiny weeds in between the mulch.) You can have the weekend off then – good luck getting it done in the morning. We are still very cold here – only the low 50s. We are still expecting a storm and rain Sunday and Monday.

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  4. Gotta love babies!

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  5. Rebecca says:

    Precious goslings! It’s always fun to watch them follow their mom about.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I know – I love seeing them at the Park, and even though they were not facing me, the picture up top, all those fuzzy little darlings and the one with outstretched wings, just makes me smile. A couple of them were running to catch up as they had stayed behind to graze and their Mom got too far ahead – boy could they run with those wide webbed feet! 🙂

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  6. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………………she is the first to have her little ones hatch for the season…………………thank you…………………yes I do love watching them and yes I stay clear of them because daddy is near………………………………at our pond someone called the Goose Busters who came in a van and took the eggs out of their nests…………………………..around April 13……………………very early in the morning when it was raining out………………………..since then both sets of mama geese are back on their new nests………………………………since the first of May……………..

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Why did they take those eggs Ann Marie – that’s odd. I hope you see the new goslings when they hatch then. I’ve never seen the geese on their nests and I have been looking for goslings for two weeks (just from the path); these were fairly big so the parents might have been moving them around during the day and I’ve missed some trips to the Park and walked in the neighborhood instead due to this incessant rain. Is Mr. Meany back at the pond?

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  7. Aren’t they adorable! I was watching them all day yesterday. My client and I visited 5 parks! Very nice post and wonderful pictures!

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  8. Prior... says:

    This was such a life-filled post. I actually grabbed a photo of a new family – but it is from a distance and well – makes me appreciate the fun photo shoot you have – my fab picture is the “breakfast is over” and laughing at the opening flying lessons request – 😉

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I had to get these quickly as they were on the move right after I arrived and that gander was very close to the path. In fact a walker went past him and didn’t pay him attention but the gander hissed and flapped his wings at this guy, but not at me who was essentially just as close. I like that picture of the gosling flapping his tiny wings … it’s difficult to get the whole group together in one shot. I came home with a big smile on my face.

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  9. Your Canada’s are ahead of ours which are sitting on nests at this time.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I have never seen our geese sitting on the nests and they hid these goslings pretty well as they were so big already. I’ve seen goslings out and about that were more the size of ducklings. I wanted to get to Heritage Park soon as there are ducklings there (a photographer posts on their Facebook page and mentioned them) but they have been so flooded, even the pond is past the seawall – all our parks are like that right now due to all the flooding. The ducklings will be all grown up by the time I get there for pictures. I’ve never seen ducklings at this Park – we don’t have that many mallards here and there are too much brush and reeds along Creek banks.

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  10. you captured this “parade” of life very well Linda!

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  11. ruthsoaper says:

    You got some great shots Linda. They are sooooo cute. 🙂

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  12. Those goslings are just too cute! Those parents must be so proud and delighted! 🙂

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  13. Joni says:

    That was just too cute for words!

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  14. Linda – Could I love this post any more? I think not! xo kim

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  15. daisydust02 says:

    They are so adorable! 🙂

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you liked them Daisy Dust – they looked so cute and cuddly … little fuzzballs. Give them a few weeks and they get to the “awkward stage” … like us when we were teens and all arms and legs. Their bodies then will look like boats, and they have long legs … I remember those days too.

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  16. Super cute! You lucky duck, Linda, seeing this family out and about!

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  17. Mackenzie says:

    Aww what a sweet post!! Especially right around Mother’s Day. I saw a little goose squad when we were in Angel Island- adorable to watch. The little ducklings are just precious. I don’t think I told you this story yet.. but about a week ago a group of geese almost stepped right into my path while I was running. I jumped because I didn’t see them stepping out of the bushes! I have no idea why they were in the suburb area where I was running because there was no water around!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you liked this post Mackenzie. Now that is odd having those geese just run out like that. When I was at the 5K the other morning, the sun was pretty strong, and even though my lenses get dark, I didn’t see a long-haired dachshund and nearly fell over it. It was so short and it was right at my feet at the beginning of the race. I said “well excuse me” to the dog and owner. Its fur was dark, but still – who stumbles over a dog?

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      • Mackenzie says:

        LOL, I’m glad you didn’t fall though!! Dachshunds are so tiny, see why it’d be easy to miss. At least you had a reason to say excuse me– I’ve run into inanimate objects on runs and apologized before realizing it wasn’t a living thing hahah.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Now that’s funny … but if the sun is in your eyes, you can’t always see and this little squirt was only up to my ankles. After that I looked down more than up, especially at the vendors’ stands or at the start line when everyone was excited to get going and the dogs felt the energy.

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  18. ❤ Oh I love this post so much ❤

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    • lindasschaub says:

      They were so fuzzy and sweet Zena. Today I saw three families and took pictures – I hope they came out because the goslings have grown so much in one week. They are tall and skinny looking now. The third family had very small goslings, maybe as small as the ones in this picture. The miracle of nature is incredible.

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