Friday, April 11, 2014

An Update From the Pond

This is Lucy, the Grey Lag goose.  Dad suspects that she might be carrying eggs that will need to be laid soon.    The strange thing is that the two male Grey Lags are sweet on each other so how the heck did this happen?  Time will tell!
BTW, the waterfowl are not promiscuous like some hoomans can be. 
 We saw Lucy swimming past one of the nesting boxes yesterday morning. She looked like she was scoping it out for her nest.
These two Barnacle goose girls are Wilma and Betty and they have dibs on the nesting box too.  We keep trying to tell the girls that there are 2 nesting boxes but everyone seems to want this one. 
 This is Barney, the male Barnacle.  He constantly lets everyone know that he rules here and no one  will inhabit that nesting box but his girls.  We're not sure which one he's paired up with. 
 These are the black swan eggs.  Once again, we were lucky to catch Aunt Agnes off the nest. She rarely is.   Dad is thinking that the due date might be around May 1st. 
 And here she is. The best Auntie in the whole wide world! Bless you Aggie!  You deserve your break time!
 Buster and Hazel have built a sort of make-believe outdoor nest. They are just not interested in being parents this time around. 

This is Alice Whooper.  She is the new kid here. She flew in from Tennessee on Wednesday. She was actually late getting here and dad was a nervous wreck.  She was tired and scared when she arrived but look at her now.  She's been enjoying the sunshine and the pond.  She's under a year old so she doesn't whoop yet like Angel Whooper does.   She is inside the penned area with the black swans so she and Angel have a fence between them.   Dad is hoping that the girls will bond in time and be BFF. 

So that's the latest news on the waterfowl.  We will update if anything exciting happens!

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

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly


Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Location, location, location...that's what they seem to say about properties. Maybe that's why that nesting box is so popular!

The waterfowl are very interesting. We love hearing about their different personalities. Our ducks all seem to be the same, but we only see them occasionally.

XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

Helen said...

I didn't know that there were so many types of geese. Your pond must be a great place to while away the day.

Unknown said...

Hooray for Aunt Agnes. Oh my and Lucy maybe having eggs too. Looking forward to seeing the little ones and specially AA's foster brood in May. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Vincent C. Perdiguez said...

Very interesting ducks, I mean swan!

Wow, they have names. very nice!

- Vincent P. of Vincent Bookstore

Cowspotdog said...

those barnacle geese are so pretty....but my goodness - how do you remember all the names?

Roan said...

More eggs, yay! Aggie is pretty and obviously very responsible. Nice qualities!

Two French Bulldogs said...

So she may be laying Easter eggs
Lily & Edward

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Oooh...this is very cool. Looking forward to seeing you S.

Anonymous said...

Oh boy. These are very nice looking waterfowl.

I love seeing your siblings Mitch and Molly! Even though they have webbed feet. They're still your brothers and sisters.

ArOOOO! Stuart

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Auntie Agnes is just super... WE certainly DO hope that the eggs DO hatch after all that she has done fur them.

Guess your dad will need to make MORE nesting boxes. BUTT they will STILL all want the same one... just like WE do with Toys and Bones and stuffs.

Ruby said...

Very cool!!! I loves seein' the waterfowl! Ma loves the swans and thinks they are just the most amazin' feathered furiends!
Aunt Aggie is just the bestest!! Way to go gurl!
Ruby ♥

Dexter said...

Congratulations to dad for building such a fine house. Now let's hope that whomever has to take the less desirable real estate will be cool about it.


Kinley Westie said...

Loved seein all da birdies!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Wow, so much potential new life, we hope all goes well with the nesting boxes. We were wondering how Aunt Agnes and "her" eggs were doing. We dind't realize how long it takes for those eggs to hatch. We hope it works.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I hope a baby comes out of the egg!

Dougall-the-Scottie said...

Oooo... Very EGGciting!!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Alice is very pretty!!
Welcome Alice!!
I hope the others will leave you alone until you get like you are feeling like you are home!

l said...

I just love Alice Whooper! hope you get a video of her whooping when she starts up.
I love that you date the eggs. hope to see black goslings soon.

The Army of Four said...

Oh, I just LOVED this update on everyone! And Alice leaves for the Winter! How interesting! Is she the only one who winters somewhere else?
Play bows,

Johann The Dog said...

Nature is so fun to watch!!! We have a nest again on our front porch, this will be the fourth litter of little birds we've been able to watch since we've lived here!

Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

We love reading about your wild fowl. I hope you get some chicks! We could probably not have sibling birds cos Arran barks at the wild ones that come in our garden. He has a blackbird arch nemesis right now.
~Lickies, Ludo

Sue said...

Oh we hope those little eggs hatch. Have you candled them?

Sweet William The Scot said...

Oh Mitch and Molly the way you said Alice Whooper flew in. For one instant we though she actually flew in and was wondering how you knew from Tennessee. She came on an airplane not a wing and a prayer.
Thanks for being a friend
Sweet William The Scot