June 16, 2019

What A Difference a Month Makes

This is the most pictures in a day ever, but just three of these are now. That'ss because today is a review of the last month, if you're a gosling. We start a month ago, on May 15, 2019:

One month ago, the goslings were barely out of the nest, tiny and fuzzy, with parents hovering over them protectively.

Our next picture is just from four days later on May 19:

Still small, but this joint family near Lost Lagoon is already visibly larger.

Another 5 days later on May 24, this picture of Mom standing sentinel over the sleeping goslings beside the bike path is bigger again, nearly ready to take to the water and learn to swim. By June 2, below, they are getting the longer legs they'll need to paddle:

Then they hit the water a few days later, the little fleets swimming around on June 5:

My trip to Denver got me off track and I have no geese pictures for over a week. But by Jun 12, the goslings looked like geese, just a little smaller:

As you can see, it's now quite hard to pick out the parents from the children. They are still slightly larger, but if this is the progress of one month, basically, geese grow up in five weeks flat. Here they are today. Picking out the parents is still possible, but barely:

Then they will fly away, of course, and be missed. But their poop will not be, not so much. It takes a LOT of grass-eating to grow birds that fast.

Older posts

2019 Jun 15: Kittens Who Look At Phones, plus, Spain

2019 Jun 14: Lake Blossoms Everywhere

2019 Jun 13: Last Blossoms?

2019 Jun 12: Grandiose Things

2019 Jun 11: Scenes from a flight to Denver

2019 Jun 8: Beaver Lake Developments

2019 Jun 7: The Rose Garden Returns!

2019 Jun 6: D-Day commemorated with poppies!

2019 Jun 5: Geese families and Heron at Lost Lagoon

2019 Jun 4: More Cat Badness

2019 Jun 3: Roses and Bridges

2019 Jun 2: The Gosling Fleet

2019 Jun 1: From the archives: Cuba 2017

2019 May 31: Cats vs Bees

2019 May 30: Ravine Trail to Beaver Lake

2019 May 28-29: Our Garden and Stanley Forests

2019 May 27: The Umbrella Tree

2019 May 26: Animals of Stanley Park

2019 May 25: Green and Water

2019 May 24: Last of the Rose Garden South

2019 May 23: The Tudor House

2019 May 22: Rose Garden, South End #2

2019 May 21: Retiro and Kitten-Warmers

2019 May 20: Goslings and our Chilco Neighbours

2019 May 19: Finishing up the "back walk" all-floral garden.

2019 May 18: First trip to the Rose Garden South

2019 May 17: More "backwalk" south of Lost Lagoon and Lagoon Drive

2019 May 16: The "backwalk" south of Lost Lagoon 1

2019 May 15: blooms on the 4th floor