A Mother's Love is unconditional...
...no matter which direction the children wander...
...to the left ...
...or to the right.
On the land..
...or on the "sea"...
...or in the air.
O.K. so maybe the last photo is a bit of a reach for those "winglets", but you have to give the Gosling an "A" for effort.
The best guess on the age of these goslings is about one week. Two weeks ago a Canada Goose was photographed nesting on the 520 bridge structure immediately north of the Arboretum where these birds are consistently seen.
On Friday the nest was empty except for some feathers. While these gosling may not be from that particular nest, given their size, the timing seems likely.
...or taking a little rest...
...and relaxation the mothering instinct is so strong they are never alone.
Someone mentioned, shouldn't there be a second parent watching out for the goslings. If you take a look at the fourth photo from the post one year ago ( Click here to see ) both parents are clearly in attendance.
It would be interesting to know which is the usual situation, one parent or two. Cornell gives more information, like the parents can have a wingspan of over 5 feet and weight can be nearly 20 lbs, but it does not address the issue of how long the male bird hangs around. If anyone visiting the Arboretum sees the second parent feel free to leave a comment below.
One thing seems certain there is no question about the Mother's love and devotion.
Happy Mother's Day to one and all...and in particular to my own mother and to the mother of my children! Thank you, both!!
Some parting shots:
A gosling through the leaves.
With this mallard family, also seen this week in the Arboretum, there is no question about whether both parents are involved. Did you see the ducklings on shore?
A short time later they trailed just a bit behind the parents.