Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bless Aunt Agnes

It's feeding time for the waterfowl .  As we entered the swan cottage, Aunt Agnes was sitting on the nest keeping the eggs warm.  She's there all the time. 
 Nice looking nest, Aggie!

 This time she got off the nest to come over to say hi. 
 There are still just two eggs. 
 Agnes is gathering more straw and adding it to the top of the nest.    She spends a lot of time sitting on her nest. She's a good auntie!
 And where are the negligent parents, Hazel and Buster?   They don't want to miss a meal!
Dad puts their food in a sheetrock bucket so the greedy Mallards don't come inside and eat all of the grain.   There is another food dish outside for them at the water's edge.   These two really don't spend much time inside the house. 
 This is one the Greglag geese.    Dad has quite a few of these. 
 There is a pecking order when it's time to eat. He's chasing somegoosie away~
 These are Emperor geese~
 If you stare at her feathers long enough, you kinda get dizzy!
The nesting box still doesn't have any takers.   Maybe dad needs to paint the inside walls a pretty color and hang some paintings?!
So that's the latest on the black swan family.  We'll let you know if anything exciting happens!

So until next time............

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

23 comments:

Molly The Wally said...

Love Agnes. What a sweet one she is and let us hope the eggs hatch. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Gus said...

Thank Heaven for Aunt Agnes. Will the baby swans bond with her or with their biological mom? Or will BM chase Aunt Agnes away right before they hatch? Worried about Aunt Agnes' feelings! She doesn't deserve to be chased away.

Gus n teka

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Agnes is doing such a wonderful job...but we think she should be momma Agnes cause if those eggs hatch the babies will imprint on her as their mom. Loves those empower herself to ....that white on their head is so striking.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Agnes should be Paid fur EggSitting don't you think?
We surely HOPE that the eggs do hatch... and we wonder how long we have to wait for that to happen.

Millie and Walter said...

We love hearing about your swans and geese. Aunt Agnes is great.

Sue said...

Good for Agnes.I had to incubate most of our duck eggs because the parents were more interested in playing than in parenting.

scotsmad said...

Agnes...what a great goose! Hope the others don't try to get the babies back when all the work is done! You have such gorgeous birds.

XXXOOO Bella & Roxy (who love to chase birds)

The Army of Four said...

I love all of your cool gooses! And Agnes!!! What a wonderful surrogate mama!!!
Play bows,
Zim

Chef Sasha said...

That is so cool to have all those pals living around you. Thank you for showing that.


Loveys Sasha

Ruby said...

Oh, Agnes ROCKS!!! You go gurl! I am most impressed at your nestin'...you could teach those parents a thingie or two, huh?! BOL
You guys have the most beautiful burdies!!!! Ma could just sit and lookie at them forevers!
Oh, if no one is takin' that nestin' box..I'll move in!!! I'll just need a few things...
Kisses
Ruby ♥

parlance said...

As usual, wonderful waterfowl stories! Good on you, Aunt Agnes, you're a bonzer swan!

Dougall-the-Scottie said...

Sounds like mummy material!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

All the geese are so beautiful. Now if those eggs hatch, what happens next? Will Agnes tend to them or will the real Mom get mad?

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Sully said...

So glad Auntie Agnes is around to take care of the eggs. Agnes is going to be a great mom.

Aroo to you,
Sully

KB Bear said...

Wow, that is so cool. I had no idea that an Auntie would sit on the nest when the parents were out eating. Very sweet!

Sweet William The Scot said...

Just like bipeds, some are caring parents other let their kids to raise themselves.
Sweet William The Scot

Soggibottom said...

Seems nesting is hard work... keep on it Auntie Aggie
Luv's Cat Flap cavalier X

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello mitch and molly its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow luk at those jigantik birds!!! how do they come owt of sutch littel eggs??? we hav sum geeses and stuf at the layk at rantcho gwakkamoley but we do not go see them on akkownt of mama thinks they mite chayse me and kawze me to bekum trawmatized or sumthing she is so silly luk how nice yore geeses ar!!! ok bye

Johann The Dog said...

They are so very cool!!! But I admit, I still want to herd 'em :)

rottrover said...

We love learning about our fowl friends!

Bart Ruby and Otto

Sherry said...

Mom and Dad swan might think they're glamorous jet-setters while Agnes sits home, living the boring life, but we know better. Agnes rocks!
Miro and Emily Dickins

Duncan said...

Go Agnes! I think I'd like to have an aunt like that myself. I bet she'd give me lots of treats when mom wasn't looking!!

Jeanne Pursell said...

We don't know very much about swans and geese...except that we see them when we go to the RV parks. We are very interested to watch and see what's happening! Agnes is being very nice!!