I've been away for a few days so Tuesday was my first chance to check out what was going on along the canal.
The second, or beta female, is still sitting on the nest under the hawthorn tree but I suspect it is a futile exercise now. I think if there were any viable eggs, they would have hatched by now. It remains to be seen how long she stays there. She is still gallently defending it from the cows though.
There are a lot of little yellow dots seen on the site but most were too far away for any decent photos. The first lot of goslings to hatch were there though, and they are so big. They are almost completely white and are almost as big as the adults. It is interesting that they are still sticking close to the adults. They are not completely feathered yet, still a lot of down in evidence.
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