Kitty KCMO wrote:A screech owl (Western Screech Owl- Megascops kennicoti) unexpectedly begins calling from somewhere near the nest. In the background, the pair of great horned owls continue calling to each other. And the frogs continue their lullaby.
NB: This could also be a barn owl calling, as they also make a screeching sound. The Screech Owl usually has a rather nice little song, but it can indeed screech & give you the shivers when it does so.
We have pipped eggs! There will be little goslings appearing over the next hours. The goslings in the eggs are squeaking & talking to Mother Goose, who turns her head this way & that to hear them sometimes.
The eggs are pipped! There will be little goslings in the nest in the next hours. Though it is very windy into the microphone at times, they can be heard squeaking & talking to Mother Goose as she sits over the eggs, waiting.
Mother Goose checks under herself to see if help is needed yet. A gosling sounds louder with Mother off the egg. It is very windy & hard to hear at times, but when the wind dies down You can hear the faint squeaks of the goslings.
My first glimpse of the goslings. Can clearly see empty eggshells & babies' heads under Mother Goose when she stands up to move around. Also note the starlings going in & out of their nest cavity in the tree trunk.
They are so cute! Here are more photos I took yesterday. I was so tired after waking at 3:00 am that I just couldn't do everything I wanted because I had to go to bed & sleep last night. But the babies did indeed jump from the nest (about 35 ft high or 10.6 meters) this morning, about 7:30 am PST. I'll share lots of pictures & I have more video than I know what to do with. The videos I will go through & try to edit down to the best parts. This will take a while.
A view of the nest tree & the surrounding area. The goslings must jump down from the nest platform 35 feet (10.6 m) up in the tree, come through the tall grass at the base of the tree, cross the road, & make it to the pond before the local barn owl (which has been harassing Mother Goose nearly every night), hawks, coyotes, or any other predator spots them. And the great blue heron that wades in the pond daily could also be a danger to them, so they will be guarded jealously by the parent geese.
Thanks to Y-tube member 989razzle for the following video. The description provided is also his:
Eaglecrest Male Goose Visits Goslings 4-7-12 7:07am PDT
The male Canada goose lands to visit the female. 30 minutes later Mom leads the goslings over the nest edge & to the pond with Dad. This Canada goose laid her eggs in a nest abandoned by red-tailed hawks. The eggs hatched on the morning of 4-6-12
Thanks to Y-tube member priscillash1 for the following video of Mother Goose taking her babies to the ground. The description provided is also hers.
Eaglecrest Nest,baby goslings jump to follow mama to pond,7/4/2012
Saturday 7:27am nest time,mama is getting ready to take her baby goslings to the pond this is just amazing to watch,thank you everyone for making this possible to watch.
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Now we will see family life at the pond. The goslings are well-equipped already for life on the ground, able to walk & run, knowing instinctively how to eat, also how to swim. Dad watches over the family, ready to warn away intruders & to fight them if necessary, while Mother Goose enjoys swimming, drinking water, & bathing after her long duties.
The family enjoys the pond. Meanwhile, back at the nest tree, the starling begins to sing a wonderful song. It starts out with an imitaion of a red-tailed hawk, & it includes baaa-ing like a sheep, also barking like a coyote. Starlings are great mimics! The video cuts back to find the starling, who is very happy, as now it can raid the goose nest for twigs for its own nest in the tree cavity. Besides, now there are eggshells, a good source of calcium.
The goslings follow Mother Goose across the pond. Dad takes up rear guard position. A lovely white egret is on the shore on that side. At the nest tree near the microphone, a woodpecker is loudly hammering on the tree.