Thursday, May 3, 2007
Goslings at the Duck Pond
Went for a morning jog today, and spotted two pair of geese with goslings. One pair had five, the other six.
I also sighted three pair of geese along the bike trail: first pair right at the start of the trail by East Ridgewood Ave., second pair by mile marker 0.5 at end of Alanon Rd., and third pair near mile marker 0.8 near intersection of Grove and Berkshire. I've seen these pairs in these same general areas since the flooding. I suspect they may have lost their nests, and wonder whether they are about ready to nest again. Seems a little late in the season now, but I'll keep my eye on them.
I did spot what I believe to be a sentinel goose at mile marker 1.0, right at the Grove St. bridge. He was on the bike path, and as I approached he slipped into the river and started drifting over to the Paramus side. I stopped to see whether I could spot a nest, but didn't see anything. There is a small island surrounded by the river and the pond behind Mill Run. Pam and I had planned to out this afternoon, and will check out this site.
One more unexpected sighting: a lone deer in the woods near Berkshire.
Pam and I went to check out what I thought might be a nest location along the bike trail at Grove St., but the goose I saw alone this morning was walking around with the mate this evening. One must have been snoozing this morning.
Also, went back to check on two geese at 379 Queens Court, where we treated a nest before the flooding. This time, however, the homeowner denied us permission to access his yard and wants us to leave the geese alone. Not sure what changed his mind, but hopefully the pair will move to a neighboring property next year.