After rain, heavey downpoors,sleet,snow,high winds,freezing temperatures. Momma goose finally hatched her 4 babes on Sat. April 30th. Starting early in the morning and last one hatching at 4:45pm. It was like free at last!! She stood up,did a great big stretch,flapped her wings and sat back down and snuggled her new little gosslings. It was amazing. Dad was on guard by her side. We had a peregrin falcon,pair of merlins, hundreds of chickadees which were attracting the merlins. A pair of mink ran by below. Male had already chased off a mink earlier in the week. Little ones were snuggling close to Mom. One the first born was a little more adventurous.But was being watched carefully by both Mom & Dad. As I sat and watched this pair ,the bonding was incredible. The babes were little balls of fluff. I watched this pair since April 7th when I first noticed her on the roof of this cottage. Boy they sure are deticated loving,caring birds.