Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sad News

It is with deep sadness that I report three of my goslings have “disappeared.”  The day after they arrived at Bon Bon Pond, two disappeared, and the third one vanished the next day.  Yesterday, while working outside, a hawk came swooping in and scoped out my family of geese.  I put the run on him—at least for a while. ???

Last year, only two goslings survived to adulthood. 

I feel so helpless.  I do everything in my power to help the wildlife, and then, I am ultimately faced with the Law of the Jungle.  Stillwater is considered a bedroom community to the twin cities, yet in spite of its proximity to civilization, this is still quite a wild place.  When we first moved here in 1969 we decided to have barn cats to control the rodent population.  All disappeared in a matter of weeks.  Today, my two cats are never allowed to go outdoors. 

Guess I need to grow a thicker skin and accept that Mother Nature, while beautiful and inspirational, is often a harsh mistress.  But that is for another day.  Right now I am just sad.

 William and Leona and Family
May 3, 2012

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