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Canada Geese Nesting

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geese are among our earliest nesting birds, and are already sitting on
eggs.  Typically their nest site is near
water, on a dry and slightly elevated site.
Recently I discovered a Canada goose incubating eggs on an abandoned
beaver lodge (look carefully and you will see her head on the left side of the
lodge in the first photograph).  From her
down-lined nest she had good visibility, which is advantageous for all
ground-nesting birds, due to the easy access predators have to the nesting
birds’ eggs.  Even so, this precaution
did not prevent the goose’s nest from being raided, most likely by a raccoon,
as is evident in the second photograph, taken two days after the first.   She may well re-nest within two or three
weeks, even though Canada geese normally have only one brood.

2 responses

  1. h.t.

    Was the beaver lodge surrounded by water? Did the raccoon swim to it?

    May 5, 2011 at 5:20 am

    • Yes, the lodge was surrounded by water, and yes, my best guess is that a raccoon swam there, as they are very capable swimmers.

      May 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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