Family of eight takes up residency at Crystal Lake

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS The flock gathers around its favorite tree at Crystal Lake Park near Decatur July 5 for a little cracked corn lunch. By this time the goslings are estimated to be around two months old.

Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS The flock gathers around its favorite tree at Crystal Lake Park near Decatur July 5 for a little cracked corn lunch. By this time the goslings are estimated to be around two months old.

DECATUR -- Since its completion in the early 1950s, Crystal Lake near Decatur has become a sanctuary for birds of every size, shape and color from the majestic bald eagle to cardinals, bluebirds and geese. For the past five years, the Canada goose was the predominant species at the lake. That all changed with the introduction of a different species to the Decatur area. Three years ago, Egyptian geese landed on the banks of Crystal Lake looking for a new place to nest. They joined dozens of pairs of Canada geese and one lone Saddleback Pomeranian goose. Soon the Egyptians took over as the dominant species at Crystal Lake, chasing off all others, including the Canada geese.


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