I have escaped the evil underworld of broken computers, and I'm back to give you a little update on the future mother goose that I told you about a few days ago. I was actually visiting this goose yesterday before I came home to find my poor sick computer desperately needing a video transplant.
After reading a few of the comments, I realized that I never really made it clear where exactly this goose was, or if she was even in a safe place. Well, I can tell you that she picked a perfect place to make her nest.
She is right beside the dam at Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve. And nobody can touch her because she is behind the fence that keeps foolish people from falling in the water. From that spot she can see everything around her, and she and her hatchlings will be able to jump right in the water as soon as they're ready.
She never moves off of the nest when anyone comes near, but she does get very nervous. You can see the nervousness on her face if you look closely at these first two photos. I try not to bother her too much when I'm near her, but I'm going to keep watching her all through this,
Who knows? Maybe I'll get to see freshly hatched little geese! I've never seen one, so I do hope I'll get to see them swimming around in their first home. I wonder what they'll look like. I've kept myself from investigating the appearance of a gosling (baby goose), because I want to find out when I first see these.
In the picture she has feathers all around her mouth. I was told that she does this to use them as part of the nest. I'm sure that must be it, because the goose didn't seem to mind, and she was very alert, so I knew there weren't any problems with her.
Now you can see why nobody will ever bother her here. Is she in jail, or am I? It really must be a good place to have a nest, because she hasn't been disturbed yet. That makes me happy. Nobody wants to see harm come to an animal protecting her young.
I can't wait to see her and the little ones swimming around. Maybe it's the father that I keep seeing swimming around nearby. He's the only other one around, and he never leaves. Pretty soon they'll all be one big happy family. I'll try to keep you updated on new developments with this nesting goose.