I've been rather busy lately so an update on the nests along the canal is well overdue.
Remember the first eggs laid back in mid March? We had a bit of a saga with that nest. It turned out that two-some was a three-some: two females and one male. A few days after the white goose laid her nine eggs, the little grey companion laid seven in the same nest. Unfortunately, I suspect they were first year layers as the nest is all but abandoned. They still visit occasionally, have a look, rearrange the eggs and cover them up a bit, but I don't think it has dawned at least one of them should be sitting on them. There is no chance they will hatch now, they have been left exposed too often and for too long. What does surprise me is that they have been untouched by predators.
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All along this stretch of the canal there are about 10 goose nests and three more moorhen nests. I've already written some webpages on them that you can see on HubPages and there are more to come.
How Geese Nest in the Wild
Three Geese - One Nest this being The Other threesome nest on Greenhill under the hawthorn tree. I reckon the first goslings are due to hatch this coming week. Little Mama the white goose is very diligent in her care of the eggs.
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