We've not seen the goose for quite a while. Then he popped up today with a duck and 3 ducklings. Of course, he knew exactly where the food was so no doubt he'll be visiting on a regular basis again. Somebody has said that he mates with the ducks and some of the ducklings could be his - I'm not sure about this. But he does appear each summer with a brood of ducklings and is very protective, just like a father, and only with that particular group.