Sunday, June 5, 2011
1 gosling, about 25 geese
So we had a lovely walk around the lake today, looking for geese and other assorted birds. N and her husband and the dog (Chewie) decided to have a nice Sunday morning lie-in instead of 7 AM off to the park. What could they be thinking (:) ? Anyway, since JJ is not so nearly as playful as Chewie, we all enjoyed the walk.
Anyway, there was a flock of about 12 geese in the Southwestern part of the Lake, near what I call the beach. Another small flock, about 11, was by the Southern shore of the lake, just past the three islands. And there, just before the little communal space that the Haitians use, was the nice young goose couple with their one gosling that daughter and hubby saw the other day. No idea if the gosling is in good health. at first, it was just sitting on the grass, but then it got up and walked around and ate. And that was it. No other geese that we could see.
There were also 4 strange looking birds in the trees of the three islands. They looked larger than cormorants, maybe vultures. We are not good at bird identifying. Anyone know what they are?
Swan family was happily swimming in the Lullwater, eating lots and lots of weeds.
Very interesting that the geese were all in their flocks at 7:30-ish when we arrived, but had separated by the time we were leaving at a little after 9.
We also had a great time later in the day at a Petanque (aka Boule) tournament in the Parade grounds. Wonderful throwing techniques, friendly people. There's a photo of me with the President of the Petanque Club!