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Canada goose nesting on our roof

By Gary Bogue
Friday, March 17th, 2006 at 1:01 pm in Canada Goose, nesting, wild birds.

Last year a Canada goose decided to build her nest on the roof of the Contra Costa Times. There’s a small 25-foot by 25-foot section of rooftop in one corner of the building, just above the guard shack in the parking lot. It’s protected on two sides by walls and windows and on a third side by some redwood trees. Dried needles and tiny twigs fall from the redwoods and litter the roof and the goose scooped them together into a nest. It was a perfect little sheltered nook for the goose, with just one direction to fly in and out.

Surprise, mama goose has returned again this year. On Thursday one of our editors spotted a Canada goose sitting in the parking lot and thought it might be injured. We went out and checked and the goose looked fine. I think it was just resting and the pavement was comfortably warm from the sun. Something made me turn around and look up at the little roof nook and there she was. I could see the goose’s upper body, long neck and head sticking up from the same spot where she had her nest last year.

Somebody put a small stool in the second floor hallway next to the window that looks out over the nest. Maybe we should charge admission?

I’ll probably be writing something in the Times next week about all this. I’ll check with the Photo staff. Maybe we can get a picture of our goose for you to see.

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4 Responses to “Canada goose nesting on our roof”

  1. Pat in Antioch Says:

    WOW!!! First we get to be envious of your backyard & NOW it’s your place of employment! If you ask me, Gary, your reputation preceded you & the Goose just wants to be as near to an expert as she can be; either that or she’s going for her 15 minutes of fame & KNOWS there will be pictures taken & put in the Times. Who knows? Maybe she’ll be discovered! 😉


  2. Mark Says:

    How did she get the goslings down? We have 2 nesting on ledges at my office and we can’t figure out how the goslings will get to the ground.



  3. jennifer krim Says:

    I work at a elementary school and my buddies(geese)have a nest here somewhere I,m worried about the childrens safty because the geese are getting more and more aggrresive.Can anyone give me some advice on what to do about this problem,I would never hurt any living thing but ,I have to protect the children also HELP…

  4. tom Says:

    strange i am in mt pleasant ny and we have a geese nesting on our roof the male stays on the grass downstairs while the mother sits the nest. she nested here last year and the babys died… i am wondering how will the babys eat.. will the male bring grass to the roof??? thanks, tom

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