Reporter Bested By Mother Goose

Crestfallen, somewhat apologetic, The Bulletin’s waterfront reporter, Paul Hosmer, admitted this morning that he had been very badly “scooped” — a news story that he should have reported about a month ago has showed up on the mirror pond, so old that it has feathers. This story, Hosmer explained, is a lone gosling, first wildlife hatched on Bend’s scenic mirror pond this season.

But, Hosmer apologized, he really had a reason for not discovering the gosling until it was about a quarter grown. The Bulletin’s waterfront reporter, it appears, has been devoting most of his attention to some marital difficulties that have apparently developed on the mirror pond in recent weeks. Since Lela, one of the parent swans of the mirror pond, took up her domestic duties on a slightly elevated nest in the tules just below the Tumalo bridge, Clyde, her mate, has been wandering far afield — in fact, the big bird has been paying little attention to Lela as she sets on an unknown number of eggs out in the Deschutes River.

Last year, Hosmer recalls, Clyde was most faithful to Lela. Seldom did he get more than a hundred yards away from his mate during the nesting season. Several times last year, Hosmer attempted to row close to Lela’s nest, to see if some yellow cygnets might be moving about, but always his approach was blocked by pugnacious Clyde.

“But things are different this year,” Hosmer said, and in his voice there was a hint that birds of the mirror pond should be chatting among themselves, in hushed tones, of the unfaithfulness of a bird that is supposed to stay mated through life. Clyde very frequently makes long excursions down the mirror lake, around the Hosch point and out of sight of his mate. Clyde may just be in quest of food, but Hosmer is a bit suspicious.

But getting back to the lone gosling — and Hosmer was somewhat reluctant to get back — the waterfront reporter said that he had really attempted to keep in touch with the goose family and several weeks ago visited their unoccupied nest, only to find three chilled eggs. Hosmer assumed that some tragedy had overtaken the family and made no further investigation. But it developed that the parent geese deserted their nest after one egg had hatched and had escorted their lone gosling into deep water.

For the past several weeks, the two old geese and their lone offspring of the 1935 season have been making their home on or near the Melvin Cyrus lawn, at 804 Harmon Boulevard, where they are receiving food and attention. Last year, the geese hatched five goslings and immediately went upstream.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1935