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by Allyson Ayers

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Sure I like nursery rhymes as much as the next person, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about a real, live goose… mother. We call her Gertie the Goose.

For the past four years, Gertie has built a nest in the same spot on our terrace (despite the dangers of having one on the edge of a tall building).

Due to the height and hungry crows nearby, we have to relocate Gertie’s family once they are born.

It’s an unspoken, er, unsquawked rule that while Gertie is guarding the eggs, the patio is a combat zone, and you must be prepared to run if Gertie gets upset. Like any good mom, she does a great job protecting her little ones – just with a lot more hissing…and pooping. Making a quick phone call outside? Guess again. That is, unless your friend enjoys listening to hisses and screeching protests.

Despite Gertie’s combative behavior, we end up with some pretty darn cute baby geese – or goslings (who knew!). Here are Gertie’s latest family additions, born on April 26, 2011. I named them Gus, Grizelda, Gwendolyn, and Garth. Oh shoot, there’s one more? Who wants to name the fifth gosling??

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Allyson Ayers May 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Very clever! We’re going to need Gertie to have more babies soon ’cause we’ve got some great names for them!!

Allyson Ayers May 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Love it!

Allyson Ayers May 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Like the double-g approach… (er, triple for the ENTIRE word)

Allyson Ayers May 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Okay, not gonna lie… it took me a minute. Not Jon, Kate, Cara, Madelyn, Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, or Joel? (Do you get THAT?) :)

Jayme May 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I would say Ryan. (Get it?) :)

Alicia May 5, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I am personally partial to the name Gordon, fits the last gosling perfectly. Or how about Golden Goose!

Lauren May 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm

GLENDA the good gosling!

Jessica May 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Too cute! Name the last little guy Gregg!

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