Until recently we only saw Canadian geese as they flew by on their way south or north. They might rarely stop for a drink of water, but that was it.
But now that the winters are warmer, some prefer White Flint to Miami Beach, or wherever they used to go.
This year a couple of them decided not only to spend this winter at our pond, but they even liked it enough to try to start a family there. Early in the spring we discovered a down nest on the water’s edge with four large goose eggs in it. I’d never seen goose eggs before, and was amazed at how large they are. And I was excited about seeing the little goose family swimming around on the pond.
I was a little puzzled that the geese didn’t protect the nest better. When I approached it, they’d swim a few feet away and honk at me, but that was it. I had some domestic geese when I was a kid, so I know how aggressive they can be. These were typically White Flint mellow, however.
Near the time that I assumed they were due to hatch I took Cherie down to the pond, to show the eggs to her. Sadly, what we discovered were just broken shells, probably the victims of a coon or a possum. I wonder if the result might have been different had these geese been more aggressive.
Anyway, no goose babies on White Flint. Maybe next year.