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Geese and other Cambridge wildlife

There's a tribe of feral geese living at the foot of the BU Bridge on the Cambridge side. They've been there longer than I've been here. On Friday, walking home from BWH, I noticed baby goslings and couldn't resist stopping to take some photos.



The geese were defensive, but let me walk among them.
They seemed to sense that I wasn't there to harm them or grab the babies.


This little guy seemed to really be interested in me. He kind of followed me around...



He seemed to be an "only child."


Dad was grey, mom was white.


There seemed to be four families. One was odd; their baby was half grown.
He was the only one there of his age.


One family was quite large.


I was amused that the babies were the same size as the pigeons.


There was always an adult nearby. The babies were never left unattended.


This was the other family. They all went for a swim at one point.


The water was incredibly choppy.


I was impressed at the babies' swimming abilities.


There were also several females on nests. This one warned me away...


...but she didn't get off her nest.


This grey goose was on another nest a few feet away. I was amazed that they'd build nests on the rocks right on the water.


This goose's nest was under the trees, in what seemed like a more comfortable location.


There were also clutches of eggs, unattended by any geese.


I went to see what this goose was looking at...


...and found this rather disturbing pile of broken shells. I don't know what happened here.


This guy was funny. He stood behind me and "chuffed" at me til I turned around. I swear he was asking me to take his picture because he posed so perfectly, and after I'd taken a couple, he waddled off, satisfied.


While I was there, some goose feeders came by, and the geese all went to see them.


I just missed the shot of this guy carrying his lettuce leaf; by the time the photo took, he'd dropped it.


There were also a few Canada geese around. They were shyer than the domestic geese,
but this one was brave enough to come close.


There was one female mallard who had one baby duckling.


There were a few ducks around, but this was the only baby.


There were also other birds; I found this Goldfinch by his song. I also saw my very first Baltimore Oriole; I missed getting his picture because just as I found and focused on him, he flew away. He was such a brilliant orange! I saw something with a scissor-tail, and another bird that looked like a Cedar Waxwing. I think there were also some warblers in there.

I must have spent an hour among the geese. I am always amazed when I find these little pockets of nature. I knew the geese were there, but the other birds were a nice surprise.
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