2013 Project 365

Project 365/115 – The Happy Couple

Tucked in a little corner along the bulkhead a Canadian goose couple have decided to set up house.


With Mother Goose sitting on the next, keeping her eggs warm and safe, and Papa Goose close by for protection. Upon approach, he began to hiss, warning for me to stay away.

mm25apr13-2499He did not like the idea of me taking his photograph, and instantly flew right towards me, nearly hitting me with his forceful wings.


Even though I had brought corn for Mother Goose, he was still wary about my presence. She was hungry and quickly ate the corn that she could readily eat.


Approaching a little closer got both of them on alert.


Allowing a good look at her precious treasure under belly, showing five large goose eggs well warmed. Can’t wait to see the little babies!


I did peek into Mama Carolina Wren’s nest and she was tucked well inside, sitting on her eggs as well. Starting to feel like Noah’s Ark around here.


It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

C. S. Lewis

28 replies »

  1. Great photos!

    Canada geese are everywhere here – and they can definitely be aggressive when it comes to defending their little ones. On one of the golf courses we like to play, the geese roam around on a few of the holes, and you have to sometimes exercise extreme caution (not to mention, bend a couple rules of the game) when retrieving a ball that has landed too close to one of them! πŸ™‚

  2. Your post made me laugh! I remember getting “attacked” by a Canada goose as a child and being so scared of them for so long. They had a nest near the driveway at the barn and guarded it from everyone, even the cars that drove by. They can be pretty scary. Great photo of the male coming toward you!

  3. At the farm where I am quite a bit, the geese are setting up house too. There is an island for them that we take a row boat to. One thing about geese, they are not like some other birds that may abandon a nest, but if one repeatedly goes into their territory, they may abandon the eggs. I learned this from my friends who own the farm. Nice photos, especially them protecting he nest.

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