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Late hatch, but no gosling boom

A goose stands guard over goslings crossing the parking lot  at the Gluck Equine Research Center May 17, 2013. Photo by Maryjean WallA goose stands guard over goslings crossing the parking lot  at the Gluck Equine Research Center May 17, 2013. Photo by Maryjean Wall
A goose stands guard over goslings crossing the parking lot at the Gluck Equine Research Center May 17, 2013. Photo by Maryjean WallA goose stands guard over goslings crossing the parking lot at the Gluck Equine Research Center May 17, 2013. Photo by Maryjean Wall Herald-Leader

Honk if you've braked for geese herding their goslings across a road lately. Families of Canada geese have been showing up throughout Central Kentucky in numbers that might suggest a population explosion.

But that's not the case, according to John H. Brunjes, wildlife biologist for the Migratory Bird Program of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Brunjes thinks the numbers appear greater because geese nested late and all at the same time, possibly due to a cold spring. In an annual flyover that he conducted with state wildlife biologist Pat Hahs for the Department of Fish and Wildlife in April, the number of nests in Kentucky appeared consistent with last year: an estimated 13,617 across the state.

These goslings were photographed over the weekend at Gluck Equine Research Center.

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