First Goslings of the Season

Although the Spring migration is in full swing, some local Canada Geese have already started their families. On a recent trip to Theler Wetlands I saw this pair of geese acting even more vigilant than usual.


When I got closer it was clear why they were standing watch.


Though there was a total of six goslings, it was impossible to get them in a single shot so I settled for this


and this.


They had moved by the time I returned a few days later, but I suspect this was the same group on the other side of the creek.


I’ve long speculated that the reason we have so many Canada Geese here in the Pacific Northwest is because the geese are so protective of their young.