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Re: Duck, duck - GOOSE

Is it a swan, like from the ugly duckling?


Jesse Bell wrote:

>Well...now I'm not even sure if it is a Canadian Goose. I looked up
>photos of Canadian goslings and they have dark beaks and feet. This one
>has an orange beak and feet. And it's down is white. The down on the
>Canadians was kind of smokey colored. So...now what? I guess I just wait
>to see what it turns into. Such an odd thing to find a rather large baby
>gosling with no clue what it is. We went back to see if there were
>others and we didn't see any. We asked all the neighbors if maybe they
>had some baby geese, possibly one missing and they all said no. It's a
>Barbara Tandy <sundrops@earthlink.net> wrote:
>Great story, Jesse! Keep us posted!
>--Barb, Grass Valley, CA
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Jesse Bell" 
>To: "Gardenchat" 
>Sent: Monday, June 06, 2005 7:34 AM
>Subject: [CHAT] Duck, duck - GOOSE
>>When I woke up yesterday, my DH wanted me to come and see what he had
>>done that morning. We bought 7 acres across the road and it was WAY
>>overgrown. He had been brushogging it for the last week but he cleared
>>away from the two ponds down there and it looked really NICE! So I
>>hopped on the tractor with him to see what he had done. While we were
>>driving around the ponds we saw a "duck" waddling really fast towards
>>us, then it jumped in the pond to swim after us. I looked at him and
>>said, "what the heck, is that one of OUR ducks that flew over here?" He
>>said no, it was too white. Hmmm. So we went back to our tractoring,
>>spotted a cotten mouth snake, shot it and the "duck" was no where to be
>>seen. I guess the gun startled it. A few minutes later..I look behind us
>>and this "duck" is running, frantically after us over the pond dam. I
>>told Robert is was chasing us down. He didn't believe me. When we turned
>>around he was running after us AGAIN. I said "stop, right now and find
>>out what is wrong with this poor thing". We had a heck of a time
>>catching it. The "duck" turns out to be a wild goose. It's a baby, with
>>just a few pin feathers on it and all downy. He was soaking wet from the
>>swim and shaking. So...we took him home and fed him, bought him a kiddy
>>swimming pool and watched him half the day. He follows me all OVER the
>>place...he even walked in the HOUSE to keep up with me. It is the
>>sweetest baby I've ever seen. It must have been abandoned or something.
>>Every year we see a pair of Canadian geese over there with a nest on the
>>little island in the pond. Must be one of those babies that got left
>>behind. I just love it.
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