To say that we’re all on pins and needles today is the understatement of the year!
Our own Mother Goose is due for her eggs to hatch anytime, now, and reporters, editors, photographers, pressmen and other employees throughout the Contra Costa Times building here in Walnut Creek, California, are taking quick peeks at the Mother Goose Web Cam on their computer screens, or taking a quick glance out the window to watch it “live” as they walk by.
The guys from the production department are planning to back a truck up below the roof where the nest is located, with some padding on top of the truck to help soften the landing for the goslings when they hatch and jump off the roof to get to the ground.
Yes, that’s how Canada geese do it in the wild. They often nest on cliff side nests and the lightweight freshly hatched chicks, covered in thick fuzz like big spongy tennis balls, bounce onto the ground below.
Mama goose has been pretty active the last couple of days. Getting up and off the nest a lot … standing around nearby … then back onto the nest … then back off again. She covers the eggs with a thick coating of her own down to keep them warm when she leaves the nest.
All the extra activity by Mama Goose indicates to me that she’s probably feeling some stirring in the eggs … and we all know what THAT means, don’t we?
Cross your fingers and toes, my friends … it’s gotta be getting close! Hey, am I excited. Who, me? … I’m cool … /Gary
Watch Mother Goose LIVE, yourself, sitting on her nest. Waiting: