Well, although we don’t have this many in the park just now, we do have about a dozen and this morning I noticed they are starting to prepare nests on the lake island.
The thing is that despite the heavy rain lately, the lake is still too shallow for any youngsters to get off the island or up on the banks until they are able to fly, so they will be sitting ducks (or geese) to predators like herring gulls, sparrow hawks or kestrels.
This was the first brood of goslings in May last year.
Last year, the ducks were first to provide broods but they too will have a similar problem with their babies unless the water level is considerably higher than it is now.
This was one of the later broods of last summer and taken with my phone in August.
I am curious as to whether Man will intervene and manually fill the lake ready for the start of the holiday season at the end of March/early April.