The park near us has some assorted domestic geese. I'm reasonably certain that most of them are African geese and Pilgrim geese, and about the same number is generally scattered up and down the river, so they seem to be permanent residents. Today I went to look for goslings, and I found some. I also found some geese shouting at each other. Those are the babies, and goose A standing off to the side. That's a Pilgrim, right? Goose A was staying close to the babies, I assume she's the mother. Goose B was an African goose. Not sure if male or female. I think male by the size? Goose C was another female Pilgrim. Goose A was staying close to the babies, not doing much, but got louder if goose C got close. C kept trying to come in close to the babies, but B would chase her away whenever she tried, wouldn't let her get closer than 10 feet away. You can see from the pic there's a stone wall behind them. The wall lines that whole side of the river, and the babies were standing on a long, thin island that started at the wall and ran out into the river. I came back later in the evening and they were all still there, so I picked up the babies and put them on the bank. The bank is about 2 feet higher than the river, and I didn't think the babies could get back up to the clump of bushes I assume their nest was in, so I put them up in case they needed a boost. They could have gotten out of the river on the other side, but a couple of babies went into the water and immediately got out, I don't think they were ready to swim yet. When I picked up the babies, they peeped loudly (of course) and all three adult geese stopped what they were doing in order to shout at me, then settled and B went back to fending off C when I put the babies down. So any ideas what was going on? I thought A and B might be a mated pair and C might be trying to adopt the babies or something like that. Can African and Pilgrim geese crossbreed? Or could the Pilgrims be hybrids that no longer display color sexual dimorphism, and one of the Pilgrims was a male? I know I've read that two bonded male swans will sometimes mate with a female and then chase her away after the eggs are laid, but I don't know if geese do the same.