Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Union Hill Ranch Goslings

Here's a new group of goslings at Union Hill Ranch (six of the cuties.) They are about a week old. The geese are fierce parents; much more so than ducks seem to be. The geese are always on the lookout for predators, mainly the coyotes in the area. The coyotes are notorious for trying to snatch one of the goslings and one succeeded, as witnessed by the ranch owners last spring. Ducklings seem to be easier prey. Ducks appear far more distracted and overwhelmed with their broods, whereas the geese are always on the lookout, always alert and always in pairs.

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