Gosling Watch

“Everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.” William Blake

An update on the wellbeing of Sefton Park lake’s new arrivals.

I’d been working in The Florrie today and set off for a pleasant walk home through Liverpool 8 and across the park.

Om Park Road something I hadn't noticed before, a mosaic 8.

On Park Road something I hadn’t noticed before, a mosaic 8.

As I’m photographing this two women walk past and moan about ‘Bloody Art!’ So it must be new.

Another way of looking at it.

Another way of looking at it.

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Bluebells and Tulips in the churchyard.

Bluebells and Tulips in the churchyard.

Into Sefton Park.

Into Sefton Park.

Blossom petals on the lake.

Blossom petals on the lake.

Yes, yes, but where are they? It’s called ‘Gosling Watch’ and that’s what we’re here for!

Here they are.

Here they are.

Still well and still four of them, despite the gosling urban myth that’s been around the lake on my runs this week, that’s had their numbers fluctuating wildly.

Up out of the water.

Up out of the water.

Fiercely protective parents. They are geese after all.

Fiercely protective parents. They are geese after all.

The youngsters settle down for a good, guarded, feed.

The youngsters settle down for a good, guarded, feed.

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Feeding voraciously and noticeably bigger than the other day already.

Feeding voraciously and noticeably bigger than the other day already.

Feed over and sun out, it's back to their good, warm path.

Feed over and sun out, it’s back to their good, warm path.

For a safe sleep.

For a safe sleep.

I sit with them, reading ‘Middlemarch.’ I’ve nearly finished it now, a languorous book, best taken slowly, and perfectly suited to read whilst watching over the babies on a sunny lakeside.

While I’ve been doing this Sarah’s been taking a funeral service for a family, and we meet up afterwards in Lark Lane.

To see how Sarah's books and cards are selling in Arts Hub 47, not bad.

To see how Sarah’s books and cards are selling in Arts Hub 47, not bad.

And to have an ice cream in the new place that's just opened. This monster is Sarah's 'Knickerboker Glory.'

And to have an ice cream in the new place that’s just opened. This is Sarah’s ‘Knickerboker Glory.’

Then, of course, Sarah wanted to see the goslings!

Then, of course, Sarah wanted to see the goslings!

We also saw this visitor.

We also saw this visitor.

Which I surprised myself by correctly identifying as a Great Crested Grebe.

Which I surprised myself by correctly identifying as a Great Crested Grebe.

‘Didn’t you say there were some baby swans too?’ Sarah asked. We found them round the other side of the lake.

All seven of them.

All seven of them.

Here, I think, is the source of the urban myth. People have been getting their goslings and cygnets mixed up.

Beautiful.

Beautiful.

Gosling watch23 Gosling watch25 But evening is coming on now. And all too soon it’s time…

For the baby swans...

For the baby swans…

And the baby geese...

And the baby geese…

To be taken to whatever safe places their parents are finding for them, to sleep in peace. Goodnight all.

(And I promise this is the last cute, fluffy little creatures post I’ll do this week. Probably.)

8 thoughts on “Gosling Watch

  1. Gerry

    Our paths must nearly have crossed! I was there, walking the dog this afternoon but couldn’t see the goslings (though I did see the cygnets further up the Lower Brook. But what really galls me is missing the Great Crested Grebe. Thanks for another suberb post!

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    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Thanks Gerry, we’re so often in the same places and writing about the same things, without seeing each other, that I’m beginning to think we occupy parallel universes, in a science-fictiony sort of way?

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  2. stan cotter

    Hi Ronnie, re Park Road, as a teenager I developed a reputation. I used to wait for the bus to leave half way up and then chase it starting from the Gaumont picture house and beat it to the top. This was by pushbike of course, all the drivers in the Dingle depot knew me. It came to an end with the words of a policeman eg ‘Bloody lunatic, if i catch you here again you’re for it.’ Exit Stanley.

    If you ever get the chance, would recommend a visit to Turners Memorial Home at the Dingle. Theres a beautiful chapel inside and a statue of Turner himself inside. I think a word in the matrons ear, nicely done of course, would gain some access for you!

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  3. cheethamlib

    I’m not tired of gosling pics, they are enchanting and I’m following their progress with great attention. I have noticed their growth spurt in the last week Please keep up the excellent recording.The cygnets who will grow up to be white not black swans are quite magical too, one never loses the thrill of seeing generations of cygnets and ducklings every Springtime.

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