Our first meeting: Mr. Gander Goose lives down on Lake Windemere in Carrollton, VA (Isle of Wight). He is a domestic goose that someone released prior to Thanksgiving Day 2007. Now that he lives in the wild, he is referred to as a feral goose. A flock of Canada geese gathered around to protect him when I tried to take his first picture that year.
In the spring of 2008, he met a Canadian girl and we just knew he had decided to make her his mate.
In the spring of 2009, he returned to the lake with his mate and they had a surprise to share with us.
They introduced the family - proudly showing off their two little goslings. They both look like their mother, but think it would be really neat if I go to the lake next year (2010) and see a little white one swimming around that takes after daddy.
Spring 2010 - They've returned! Here is Mr. and Mrs. Gander Goose enjoying a swim in the warm spring sun.
Here's Mr. Gander Goose, his Canadian mate, and one offspring at the edge of Lake Windemere, Carrollton, VA. Apparently, one of the children didn't make it their first year.
Mr. Gander Goose and family are done for the day and heading back to where they live. I will be anxiously waiting and checking the lake every day hoping to see new goslings as a sign that the flock is growing. Does anyone know if a domestic goose flies? or does his family leave him and fly north or south until the next year?
August 2010 - Sadly I have to report that Mr. Gander Goose and his family have never been seen since Spring of this year. There were very few goslings born this year as the lake has many tarpin turtles that will eat the new hatchlings. I still am keeping an open eye and looking for Mr. Gander Goose everytime I pass the lake. Maybe tomorrow!
February 15, 2011 - Fall of 2010 has come and gone and Mr. Gander Goose and his mate did not appear as they usually do. In just over a month Spring arrives and I have hope that I might see them again. Did notice that the old farm house no longer has anyone living there. It's always possible that when the owner moved, she took the farm animals with her, including Mr. Gander Goose. Only time will tell if our feral goose and his mate will return - maybe with new goslings as well.
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Everyone who has visited my page knows I have five wonderful pets: my little dog Ginger and her four cat companions: Delilah, Nicholas, Skeeter, and Sassy (you can see their pictures in my gallery).
What you might not know is I also had a cat by the name of Misty who gave birth in 1996 to three of the sweetest little grey kittens that you've ever seen ...
The Three Mousekitters: Delilah, Sampson and Solomon
This is a true story in memory of Solomon. Solomon was a very wise and intelligent kitten and one of his favorite things to do was to sit on the coffee table and watch television. It was so cute to watch him as he stared at the tv, his little head bobbing up and down with every movement on the screen. We often wondered if he really knew what was going on or if he was just reacting to the colors and motion of the program. We were soon to learn the answer to our thoughts.
One evening as we settled into our bed and turned on the television, Solomon came running into our bedroom and jumped up on the bed. As we laid there watching tv, Solomon went to the bottom of the bed, stood up and draped himself over the bottom rail and started watching tv as well. A commercial came on - you probably have all seen this one - it's the commercial advertising some brand of toilet paper and describing how much paper is on the roll, then showing a cat running into the bathroom and proceeding to unroll the toilet paper. Betcha have! Well, the commercial ended and all of a sudden Solomon jumped off of the bed and ran into the bathroom. We heard a strange noise and wondered what was going on. I asked Daddy, "Do you think he's doing what I think he's doing?" Daddy said, "I don't know." I said, "I bet he is. I'm going to get up and see what's going on." So I got out of bed and walked to the bathroom door and peeked in. This is what I saw:
I would have never believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes! He really did know what he was watching on tv. Who woulda' ever thought - they really are quite intelligent little creatures.
Where are the '3 mouseketers' now you might ask .. Sampson and Solomon started wandering off .. probably looking for a girl friend and we never saw them again. That's the year I decided that all cats were going to be 'fixed' so they didn't get the wanderlust idea. Delilah is still at home and loves her Daddy .. she is now 16 years old.