I, Weeping Willow, know many a story of my flock. My beloved acquired thirteen geese. Two of these were most unfortunately lost before names were given or pictures taken.
Of the ganders and the geese who were named and well known there was Eastern Redbud, Baldcypress the Big and Cowardly, Poison Sumac the Small, Black Oak the Loud, Pecan of the Black Eyes, Mimosa who was a skilled fighter, White Ash the Sweetest of Them All, American Elm who was known for her beauty, Paper Mulberry the Wise and Brave, Sassafras of the Dark Head, and Mockernut Hickory of the White Band.
Later on two more geese would arrive. These two were small and were named Sugar Maple the Layer of Many Eggs and Rocky Mountain Juniper the Paranoid.
The following year these geese hatched: Philodendron and Black Cherry, sons of Mimosa and White Ash, and their sister, Stansbury Cliffrose. The four children of Sugar Maple: Sweetgum, Chestnut, Red Mahogany, and Siberian Elm. Chestnut, Mahogany, and Elm were often referred to as the 'Triplets' by the other geese. Paper Mulberry had Southern Catalpa and later in the June she had Common Fig and Gingko. These were children of Eastern Redbud as well. Mockernut Hickory had many children but the most notable of them was Black Tupelo, daughter to Eastern Redbud. Rocky Mountain Juniper had three children who were named Reddy, Branch, and Quaking Aspen. The first geese to hatch were Flowering Dogwood, son to Poison Sumac and White Ash, Black Spruce, son to Rocky Mountain Juniper, and three sons to Sassafras. The most notable of the three sons of Sassafras was Butternut. There was also hatched upon the hill a goose named Liz. Her descent was hard to tell but we geese decided her mother must be Sassafras.
The third year of the flock some were hatched and some were bought from hatchery and store. The ones from the store were Nutmeg Hickory, Green Ash, Dandelion, Sundew, and Flax. The ones from the hatchery were white in feather and were named Pompeia, Buttercream, Whipped Cream, Vanilla, and Biscuit. The ones who were hatched and kept were Cinnamon, Russian Olive, Mustard, Willow Crenshaw, and Currant. Elizabeth and Mary Beth were newly hatched.
On to the tales of glory, of how each goose earned a place in the Legend of Willow's Flock.
my name is Emily
I have a lot of geese. My goal is for geese to be everywhere. There are a few who can make the perfect guard goose. But most of them would be better as pets, weeders, and lords over all the other birds.