I discovered a new man-made pond near the theater. Signs were posted all around 'Do Not Feed Waterfowl'. The geese have taken up residence here, leaving the bank and surrounding grounds a smelly mess. This goose hovers protectively over 2 eggs. I suspect that once the goose leaves the nest unattended, a grounds keeper will take the eggs and throw them into the pond with at least half a dozen other eggs that we spotted in the frigid water.
Fortunately these little guys remained undetected until they hatched. There were 3 groups of goslings at this pond, in twos and threes. Even the nests only had 2 eggs each. In more goose-friendly areas the clutches can consist of many more eggs. I am still facinated by the way nature has a way of adapting to the various habitats.
I was able to get pretty close to the hatchlings although the parents kept a watchful eye on me. When another goose got too close though they both charged it with their bills snapping and wings flapping. Interesting how they saw the other goose as a bigger threat than me, and actually left the babies unattended near me while they took care of the tresspasser.