The Gambo Way (Geese&Goslings)
The goslings hatched on May 19 2015 in the pouring rain! The nest was approximately 60-75 feet away. It was hard to see into the nest and watch the eggs hatch. I stood taking pictures using the trees and a beach umbrella to protect my camera. The lighting made worse because of the rain and fog. Still, it was an awesome morning and I was thrilled to capture the moment...
This is Lucy flapping her wings just after the last egg hatched...
These were taken the morning of May 19 2015. Philly,Poogie,Snooky& Sadie arrive. Izzy stands watch in the river...
These pictures were taken on May 20 2015 as Lucy&Izzy prepare the goslings for their first swim&relocation off of the island. On May 19, the day the goslings hatched, many predators were attempting to get to the babies. Mama&Papa kept them close and on the island until the next morning.
Izzy&Lucy bring the goslings into the river @ Gambo Way... They swam over to me, as if parading&showing the babies off. They then swam to the left of the island. I walked with them as long as I could see them and then they were gone...
Izzy, Lucy, Philly, Poogie, Snooky&Sadie #Geese
For those of you who have waited patiently with me waiting for the goslings to come They''re Here !!! Four little darlings hatched on Wednesday morning ---in the pouring rain. I stayed all day as I wanted to see them swim for the first time but due to the predators they never left the island. The great blur heron and cormorant stayed close looking for fresh gosling dinner, oh my.
On Thursday morning I returned at 5:15am. After Izzy swam and checked all of their surroundings he walked up onto the island to help Lucy get the goslings ready to go in to the water and begin their journey elsewhere. (My assumption when I left yesterday was that they wouldn't be returning to the island but were heading to safer territory.)
I watched as the 4 goslings #Philly,Poogie, Snooky,Sadie,Mama&Papa (Izzy&Lucy)entered the river, they swam up very close to me as if showing the babies off---I felt very honored. They then swam along the shore to the left and out to the point. I walked with them as long as I could see until they were out of view.
I must say that in my tracking of birds and wildlife this has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Thank you for sharing it with me. I have enjoyed our many conversations and getting to know each and everyone of you. I am not by any means done with Gambo or the Presumpscot River but I am lingering in a Wow mode for a few days.
I had many questions about geese along the way which I would "google" search. I never found anwers to my questions. I have been surprised that as common as the goose is I wasn't able to find out more about them. My anwers came from observing them since their arrival in March until now. I want to inform you that geese are exceptional and marvelous, they are anything but common in their behavior.
I have many photos from the past few days that I need to go through, I will organize some and post them soon.
Izzy comes and goes frequently while waiting for the eggs to hatch...
Lucy taking a well deserved swim...she is delighted.
Lucy gets up and turns the eggs about once an hour.
Lucy covers the eggs with her down feathers...because of this I don't know how many eggs there are in the nest, generally they lay between 5-12.
Great Blue Heron fly over...
The path leads down through the woods and to the river. The trees loom tall as birds make
their usual calls, warning one another of my presence.
I hear the sound of the dirt under my boots as I carefully step over ruts and crevasses along
the trail leading to the fast moving rapids where the hawks go fishing. Yet another adventure
on the Presumpscot.
As I sit on the rocks peering out over the water a Cormorant fly's and flaps its wings
heading toward a seal that has made its way in from the ocean. The bird lands on the
poor creatures head and then flys off only to make a U-turn and slap the seals head
again before zooming up stream. I laugh, not quite sure if the dance was of pleasure
and fun or meant to be a warning from the "don't mess with me" Cormorant.
Either way, I found it humorous.
Several more Cormorants gently swim by, silently ducking their bodies in and out of the
water. They bob playfully, as they near the rapids.
Toward the sky and near the tree line, a hawk and an osprey hover, looking to see if
the alewives have begun to run yet.
Soon the river will be full of them...but not today !
Just behind me, no further than 1/8 of a mile and past the rapids, 3 men
cast their lines as the sun shines on the water. As I glance over my
shoulder, I see just a stone's throw from the fishermen, 2 teenagers,
beckoned by the rushing dam, sneaking in towards the river, grabbing sticks
to throw while jumping over rocks. As I look left, I make a slight waving
motion with my hand as two kayakers float in beside me from their
morning paddle, up beyond the bridge. Anxious and watchfu,l I squint my
eye as I hold my camera while peering through the lens.
Today's the day.
Lucy is laying her first egg and I am finally in my “gone fishin” mode!