When I first moved to Cornwall about 17 years ago , I wrote this post that early Spring.

The experience I had with the Wildlife , that first Summer.

Thought I would share it with you once a again.

We arrived in Cornwall in 1999 a bleak and cold November. We were all still very excited about the prospect of living in the country. The air was fresh and we weren’t  very far from the sea.

The garden had three Fir trees and plenty of mature shrubs and bushes. Around 2 acres in all. Walking up the bank from the back of the house was a Lake, with a large island set in the middle. Very beautiful I thought with a few ducks swimming around. The water level was quite high at the time.

The Lake took on a life of its own that Spring , two Canadian Geese flew in looked around and stayed to have a family. It was a wonderful sight to see , these four little bundles of fluff. Swimming very close to mum and dad. Those little Goslings stole my heart.

As they grew they became quite  friendly and I was able to feed them from my hand, as the proud parents looked on. I could see they trusted me , and we became friends over the coming months.

About the time they were about to leave , the male went into the next field and called them. It took a while but he succeeded in the end, and so off they went.

Well after a few days I though that was probably the last time I would ever see them again. But one evening about 7 pm  I happen to hear them fly over the house. I  rushed out to see them land back on the Lake. I took some bread from my kitchen , hoping they would be my friend for the last time.

Sitting on the bank they came over to me and I fed them once more from my hand. They were very gentle and trusting , and even the big male.

The next morning they had gone and I never saw them again.

This story will stay with me for ever , as that was the first and last time a pair of Geese actually nested up there.

The pictures here are the Ducks that nested up there the following Spring.



About natswans

A young at heart Lady now retired and just trying to enjoy Life and making the most of things. Passionate about the Wildlife. I have owned two Greyhounds over the past 12 years, and just Love them to bits. Soon I will rescue another . The country is the place to be if you love the peace it holds.I love walking along the beach on a fine day sun even better. Reading Posts about other peoples every day lives , in my home land England and other parts of the world.

11 responses »

  1. Sheila I am delighted you reshared this experience and those photos.. There is something about Geese I just love.. And we will often take feed to a local lake to feed them..
    We felt very honoured to see a V shape of Geese fly low over our heads while we were working on the allotments..
    Thank you for sharing and I hope you are well my friend..
    Enjoy your weekend.. Love Sue xxx

    • natswans says:

      Thank you Sue for your lovely words. Yes to see the V shape as they fly over is magical. This is something I hold dear to my heart.
      Have a relaxing weekend and enjoy.

      Hugs Sheila x

      • Thank you Sheila.. went walking this morning in the Sun and it was beautiful, just what you need to clear cobwebs and all that negative stuff we keep getting bombarded with.. 🙂 Have a wonderful week xxx ❤

  2. I had a similar experience with a pair of pheasants who overwintered with us and enjoyed sharing the birdseed with their smaller friends. They disappeared in early spring and that was the last we saw of them too but I have lot of pictures to remind me it really happened.

  3. chicasl10 says:

    beautiful Sheila. Seems where u life now for 17 years is kind of dreamland for many of us.In the middle of birds and water What more do we need?
    tx for sharing this again

  4. Dear Sheila.. Just popping by your beautiful garden lake to send you my well wishes for a beautiful Christmas. I hope the winds are kind where you are, they are a little fierce here today.. Wishing you a Happy Christmas, and a Peaceful and Happy New Year
    Lots of Love and thank you for your wonderful support over the years..
    Sue xxx ❤

  5. natswans says:

    Hi Sue thank you for popping over always such a pleasure to hear from you.
    The winds just skirted over us here. but raining at the moment., very gloomy day.
    Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas with your family.
    May you have a Happy New Year Sue.
    Hugs Sheila much Love xxx

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