I was driving into work monday morning, and I turned onto my building's access road. On the right side of the divided road is an empty lot full of grass and weeds, and on the left side is the pond. As I drove up, I saw a little parade crossing the left side of the road, heading for the pond.
Leading the group was a tall goose, walking slowly across the road. Bringing up the rear was another adult goose, and inbetween the two was a row of 8 tiny goslings! The whole sight was so cute and orderly, the fuzzy little creatures all walking sedately in line, monitored closely by their parents.
The rest of this week, I've kept an eye out for my new geese-friends. The little ones are so cute, and the whole family amuses me every time I see them. It's a good thing I've been watching for them too, because yesterday the assembly was far less orderly.
Yesterday as I pulled onto the access road and started looking for the birds, I saw two geese crouched by the right-hand side of the road. I swear, they looked distraught. A few yards in front of my car, one tiny little goosling was running across the road, all by itself!
Kids, you know. The older they get, the less they listen to their parents. The adult geese must have had all the rest of the little ones organized by the side of the road, waiting for traffic to clear (fortunately this road does not get much traffic). But the one impudent baby had to do its own thing.
It scampered across the road, its downy fuzz sticking out everywhere, its bony wing-stumps waving uselessly. I brought my car to a stop, then once I was sure it had made it to the other side safely, I proceeded very slowly. I wanted to make sure there were no more stragglers about to try a kamikaze sprint across the road.
Fortunately the rest of the critters were under control. I couldn't see any more of the babies, but the two parents stayed in place...though I'm pretty sure I saw them shoot some angry looks across the road at their wayward child.
This morning when I drove by the empty lot, I saw the two parents and a gaggle of fuzzy goslings having a snack in the weeds. Looks like everybody survived yesterday's adventure -- hopefully the babies will be more careful in the future!