Mike Digout has never been a big fan of Canadian geese. His mind was altered this spring when he saw a compassionate mother goose looking after an extensive family. Mike has been taking walks along the Saskatchewan riverbanks near his house in Saskatoon since the epidemic began, and working from home became a reality. He even brings his camera with the hopes of catching the local fauna.
It was at this point that he showed the geese. He would go for a walk down the riverbanks every night, looking for beavers. Given that the geese were migrating from the south in search of a location to breed, there were a lot of them.
Mike thought it amusing to watch the geese defend their nests and compete for the best places to build their nests. The first batch of hatching goslings he observed was in May. These beautiful animals, he said, looked like small tennis balls with legs.
He began photographing the goslings at this point while waiting for the beavers to appear.
Mike was sitting by some reeds on the riverside one night when he noticed a mother goose with many goslings. Before retiring to sleep for the night, 16 youngsters slipped beneath their mother’s protecting wings one by one. Mike was taken aback by the sight of such a massive bunch of goslings, so he returned every night to study this vast family.
Every day, it appeared as if this group was growing in size. There were 25 goslings one day and 30 the next. Finally, he came upon the mother goose and her companion, who were both holding 47 goslings.
Mike then discovered that this wonderful mother was also caring for goslings from other households. Gang brood is a gang brood that may be seen in suburban and urban settings with several nests. Gang broods occur when patient geese parents look after the young of other geese, giving their buddies a break.
It was clear that this mother goose was the right person for the task. Despite being surrounded by 47 goslings, she remained patient and quiet. Because the youngsters are growing up so quickly, they now sleep in one massive pile while the mother geese watch them.
Since then, the gang has been divided into three main familial groupings. However, this incredible mother and her spouse are still caring for 25 goslings and will continue to do so until the time comes for them to fly south.
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