These Canada geese are just a few hours old, having hatched earlier in the day. I’ve been watching their mother sitting on her nest for about a month. She made her nest just inside a fence that surrounds a drainage pond behind a muffler shop on York Road in Towson, Maryland.
I stopped by to check yesterday afternoon and the mother goose was still on her nest, but today at noon there were seven chicks huddled together just outside the fence.
They were very wobbly on their feet, but had managed to scoot under the fence. I think they liked the sun-warmed concrete. I was a little concerned that the chicks had strayed under the fence and away from their mother because this area has many crows.
However, at 4:00pm they were back on the same side of the fence with both mom and dad standing guard. Hopefully the drainage pond doesn’t go dry anytime soon, as I am sure they will need water to survive.
The odds are stacked against all of the chicks surviving, but I’ll be rooting for them and checking up on them as time allows.