Sunday, January 11, 2009

Gertie the Goose

Today I want to tell you about one of the oldest members of the family. Her name is "Gertie" and she is atleast 24 years old. She flew in 23 years ago and has been here ever since. Now her life here as been pretty normal, except for one thing. That is the mate she chooses, which isn't a goose but a white duck. The first one appeared here about the time she did, and well she decided on him as her mate. Pretty funny watching a duck follow a goose but those two were never apart. Until sadly "Dickie" died. But soon after there appeared again another white male duck. This one we named "Whitie" and he bacame her mate. Then one stormy night he was gone. So Mom went and bought a male gosling for Gertie. But she wanted no part of him. and the next year she suddenly had "you guessed it" another male white duck. Now we don't know where they come from and she doesn't leave to find them, so we figure it is her fate. She prefers a male duck and we now have Whitie II. They go everywhere together, and if one day either passes one I will wait to see, if another goose or duck takes their place.

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