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Geese Washing Themselves in the Sammamish

I’ve been catching up on some video editing while stuck indoors.  During the Christmas break, mum and I took a walk along the Sammamish River.  There were lots of geese floating downstream and they were busy washing themselves.  This involved a lot of flapping and inverting themselves in the river.  Of course, when I got close, they stopped doing it while their buddies further downstream seemed to be busy washing.  I did finally get some footage of it so here is a short video of geese!  Bet that’s just what you wanted to see today!

 

Goslings En Masse

Spring is the season for new life.  The geese had obviously been taking the task to heart because, as we walked around Bloedel Reserve, there was a large gathering of goslings.  It appeared to be that several families were mingling together.  I guess strength comes in numbers.  The adults were all grazing around the periphery of the group while the multitude of goslings were munching away in the middle.

When we were in Seattle a week later, we came across more goslings.  A smaller group this time but the same thing with the adults keeping an eye on them.  A couple were getting a bit more adventurous and heading off on their own but they were soon brought back into line.  I wonder how many predators geese have.  I guess hawks will be happy to take them out but the numbers might explain why there are so many geese wherever you go these days.

Gratuitous Cute Gosling Images

wpid6285-AU0E2077.jpgDuring a short break on a trip to Seattle, I was visiting a spot that has an aviation theme which should come as no surprise to anyone. While I was down at the south end of Lake Union, I was surrounded by geese. Since geese are unbelievably abundant these days, that is not so unusual. What I hadn’t counted on was that spring gets to Seattle a lot earlier than it does Chicago. As a result, one pair of geese already had a bunch of goslings in tow.

wpid6283-AU0E2070.jpgThey looked pretty young and got a lot of attention from passers by. I am not immune to cute baby animals so grabbed a few shots of the family as they wandered around. It might not be quite kittens playing with balls of yarn but I guess I am getting close!

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