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Our Geese and Their Goslings

from Chris

We’ve had a pretty few intense days here on the blog because of the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, so let’s turn our attention to something a little lighter:

We’ve had a pair of geese raising some goslings on the property this spring. The chicks have gotten pretty big already, too!

Here, momma and her four goslings are waddling from the Riddick House to the pond. Daddy goose was with the gaggle, too, but he hung back for a minute to keep a wary eye on the photographer. I, in turn, kept a wary eye on Daddy–geese can be aggressive when protecting their young!

Because of our broad lawns, Stevenson Ridge attracts a lot of geese, particularly in the spring, summer, and fall. Geese are grazers, so lawns look like big buffets to them. In the winter, we get geese, too, but usually only when the pond hasn’t frozen over yet; the geese like to have the open water nearby.