THIS TIME OF YEAR it's normal to find pairs of Canadian geese and seeking food at the Baylands. During its second year the Canada Goose mates for life and soon the couple prepare for parenthood. The "nesting period" takes just a month and soon a half dozen newborn goslings will hatch. (Actually the eggs are laid and privately incubated in the grassy mud banks along the sloughs.) The expectant parents are very protective so we can only watch from afar as they forage about. But we'll keep an eye out for the little yellow chicks as they make an appearance!
In the meantime, spring is a great time to visit the shoreline. The green ground cover, wildflowers, and those spectacular distant views are rewarding. In the distance that's Coyote Hills Park across the bay and the East Bay Hills on the horizon. They look close enough to touch in the brilliant morning light.