First, a picture of cute babies taken a few weeks back. This mom, I call her Sally, brought the babies to my yard. I fed them corn soaked in water. This picture was taken a few weeks back, when they were wee babies.
Below, the babies again, older. They grow fast. In only two weeks they went from wee wee cute things to small cute things. They are feisty, though. The mother charges any male duck who approaches. I've seen her jump up and peck at a male Turkey who backed away--peaceful and confused. Eventually the babies imitated the mother and started charging other creatures in the yard, even drakes. Spunky things.
The video below needs an explanation.
So, I walk into the kitchen and look out the window at this scene. To the left is a small geese family. It looks like parents, one baby and maybe an aunt or some relative who is helping the parents. I have no idea why there is only one baby. I assume a tragic attack by coyotes or something. In front, beyond the open gate, is the duck mommy and her babies, all sitting in the grass by the pond. Beyond the duck family is the swan mommy and her babies. In front of the mom and signets is the swan daddy, contemplating whether or not he will climb up and walk into my yard. Go after the geese. To the right is another large geese family. Six goslings and two parents. All these babies and parents are sitting in the grass staring out at the swans.
The ducks eventually want to get the hell away from the swans, so you will see them walk inside and march into my yard, moving to the right, away from what appears to be a potential battle. Whatever is going on, one thing is clear--this is an us versus them event. Us being native waterfowl. Them being invasive swan family.
I assume the swan family entered the pond, the dad slowly swimming behind them. I suspect the dad noticed the geese families and became aggressive. He would try to kill the babies, although he'd have a difficult time with all those adult geese protecting them. Still he is a force of nature.
So, they all came through the open fence door and made themselves home here in my yard, daring the swans to enter. The dad swan seemed to consider coming in and starting trouble but he did notice me looking at him. He stopped. The swans eventually left.
And I had a lot of poop to clean up.
Usually I try to gently encourage the geese to move back into the pond, even though the babies are cute and the geese are interesting. They poop nonstop. Eat grass, poop it out. That's about all they do.
I let them stay a while to escape the monster family. It made for a great video too.
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