Saturday, April 13, 2013

Keeping an Eye on Lucy

I am glad we haven't disturbed her, at least as far as we can tell.

I call her Lucy.  Goosey Lucy.  And as far as we can tell, she hasn't moved from the nest yet!  There is another goose that swims below on occasion and honks to her, but not knowing the nesting habits of geese, I don't know if he's checking in for a shift change or just offering verbal support.

In the heavy rain we can see her shaking the raindrops from her head.  When the sun shines she may tuck her  nose under a wing.  She sometimes rotates orientation just a bit, but in almost 24 hours we have never seen the spot vacated.

Let me give you another view of her perch, now that I've introduced her.  The picture above is zoomed as much as I can (16X).  The picture below is still zoomed in a bit, but you can see the water now.  Those poor goslings are going to need to stay IN the nest as long as possible, because once they leave, they won't be able to wander far!

OK, I just did a bit of research at  Apparently, the female will not leave the nest, at all, once she starts incubating, which takes an average of 28 days!

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