The nesting Canada goose we’ve been monitoring on Sligo Creek day and night for a few weeks continues to face threats from every direction. Sometimes, though, she catches a break — our Mama Goose getting to enjoy a day or two of relative calm. The Bambi Brigade she meets in our latest video celebrates a few of these kinds of days.
Even after Won-ok and I see her sweet little face sitting atop her clutch each day, though, we get anxious as we turn to the previous night’s video footage captured by our trail camera.
It’s an odd juxtaposition for us: we just saw her, so we know she’s alive, yet we’re terrified by the prospect of what we might see in the film. (I realize there is no such thing as film anymore but it’s the easiest word to use here.)
Could something have happened to the eggs we don’t know about yet? We gasp when we see raccoons approach. Our hearts pound when a fox races by. Our stomachs tighten as stormwater runoff raises the water level by her nest.
Then Bambi comes along. (I realize the famous Bambi of book and movie fame is a male deer but it’s the easiest word to use here. Yes, you sense a theme developing. Sometimes I do have to use the easiest word to help convey a thought.) The first deer to visit jumps away when startled by our goose. Another saunters by, then another. Then a small herd that we nicknamed the Bambi Brigade drops by.
One deer bobs her head up and down staring at the goose; Mama Goose bobs her head up and down. Mutual curiosity if not a budding friendship seems to develop.
Another or perhaps a returning member of the Bambi Brigade appears to notice our camouflage camera and sticks her face in it — giving us another good laugh.
Enjoy two and a half minutes of adorable goose-deer encounters here. Also be sure to check out our ongoing Mama Goose Series of videos and stories. Life is about to get more stressful for our Mama Goose so do stay tuned for more updates!