wings and things

Good old Godfrey

on April 30, 2012

As mentioned before, we have a gander called Godfrey who is like the Godfather and looks after the rest of the gaggle. He is so overprotective of the younger geese that he often bites me, but I adore him. I love the way he has such a proud stance.

He first starting getting bitey with me when we got our first Sebastopol gosling, Pearl, and, not long after, our two Pilgrims, Ola and Seli, and then two more Sebastopols, Diamond and little Woodroffe.  When it came time to let these little ones out of their brooder near the Aga, and introduce them to Godfrey, it was fascinating to see him bend his substantial neck down and almost kiss them, making a soft, keening noise. He didn’t respond to the baby ducks or turkeys like this at all – just to the goslings – and from that day onward, they became his property. Except for the fact that he doesn’t like me coming near them, it’s rather lovely. Also, if my nieces or nephews visit, I have to watch him carefully as you can see from this picture taken when they were little.

The gaggle are almost his size now but he is still just as protective and sometimes becomes ferocious. The following is one of my favourite pictures of him. However, it is also the reason I am putting off going out to feed the gang – I am getting sick of him biting me and me having to kick out to defend myself. It ruins the late afternoon ambience somehow and it’s tricky because the rest of the gang surround me lovingly (well, greedily because I have food) while Godfrey tries to amputate both my legs at once.

I am going to try something new in a minute and just focus on him. Wish me luck!

46 responses to “Good old Godfrey

  1. Oh, we do wish you luck! Sad it’s so painful for you as, as you say, it is rather a lovely trait for him to be so protective. Mind you, what’s he protecting them from? Overeating?!

  2. Randy Roberts says:

    Good luck…

  3. Sonel says:

    He is just adorable! Great shots! 🙂

  4. niasunset says:

    These photographs are so beautiful and so lovely too. Seems that he gives a pose to you and also he talks to you… Good Luck with him, dear Julie… 🙂 and these little ladies are so nice too. Blessing and Happiness for you all, with my love, nia

  5. bulldogsturf says:

    Great shots I love the last one can almost hear him from here.

  6. Tammy says:

    Love/hate relationship – I totally can appreciate this! You have written about it perfectly and I wish you success with your daily plans to avoid Godfrey’s bites or possibly redirecting his hostilities! 🙂 Happy Geese to you!

  7. artfulanxiety says:

    Ohhhh good luck tomorrow!

  8. shoreacres says:

    There’s a little public pond/bayou near me with a gaggle of geese that hang out. They can be intimidating, for sure – especially if you show up with bread in your hand! I’d hate for one to put me in his sights – but the protective urge is marvelous to behold!

  9. pixilated2 says:

    Julie, Hope all is well with you and the Foghorn today! BTW, my husband can empathize with you… And that is why I have new baby Pilgrim boys arriving this week. I want them to imprint on him so they will all get along!!! 😦
    ~ Lynda
    PS: Beautiful shots!

  10. Bec Butcher says:

    I feel like I know Godfrey from your posts Julie and god I love him!

  11. Judith Post says:

    Good luck!

  12. Sania says:

    beautiful photos..

  13. Awesome picture! Hope your new strategy worked!

  14. I love your varity of birds! It must be so fun to take a walk around your house. You never know what bird you might encouter. 😉

  15. Can geese be trained not to bite? I’m not sure. They have a reputation for being …well… a silly goose.

  16. Paws To Talk says:

    He’s handsome. Although, he looks like he can make a loud sound. *covering ears with paws*
    Bella and DiDi

  17. Boy, they are fierce, aren’t they?

  18. He is so noble looking! I hope your experiment worked!

  19. dcwisdom says:

    Such an arrogant bird, and he knows he’s beautiful! 🙂

  20. bluebee says:

    Wouldn’t like a peck from that beak – he looks quite ferocious!

  21. Fergiemoto says:

    Ok, I’m wishing you good luck!

  22. terry1954 says:

    i m sorry it didn’t work out

  23. All those little ones are sooooooooooooooo cute.

  24. kiwidutch says:

    I hear that Geese make brilliant guards for your property…. they are said to have even been better than guard dogs in some cases!
    I think Godfrey is lovely… !

  25. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Godfrey sounds so sweet!! I mean, in a Godfather kind of way 🙂 And I agree he’s got a great proud stance.

    They don’t have teeth (do they?) but I bet they shock when they nip. That’s a problem!

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