The Mother Goose saga comes to a close.
Whew! I have to say it was a pretty wild day, yesterday. Hundreds of viewers from all over the country and beyond (Pennsylvania, Arizona, Canada, etc.) watched the eggs hatch, baby goslings running all around the rooftop driving Mom Goose crazy and the viewers nuts.
The Contra Costa Times newsroom, advertising and production departments and beyond couldn’t contain themselves as everyone focused on their computer screens to watch the Goose Cam, or took frequent trips to the windows overlooking the little rooftop where Mama Goose had her nest.
The advertising department purchased little heart-shaped pink and blue balloons (“It’s a boy!” “It’s a girl!) and taped them around the viewing windows. A platter of chocolate covered eggs and PEEPS was sitting on a chair by the windows … passing out candy to celebrate the hatchings instead of cigars.
Seven goslings finally hatched. Two of the eggs didn’t hatch. They are probably infertile. That’s common. This particular mama goose has raised 6 or 7 chicks every year for the last 4 years. That’s about right for her. I’ll scrounge a ladder later today and climb up and check the last two eggs. I’ll let you know what I find out.
SCARY VIDEO WARNING: The following video is kind of scary, so be aware, but they all survived as they all have for the last four years. (Canada geese often nest on cliffs and the babies have to jump there, too.)
Here’s a link to the video so you can see them jumping off the roof:
And here’s a link to a beautiful little slide show by our photographers that shows you the whole hatching story, the jump off the rooftop, and the walk to the grassy field next door:
** I got an e-mail from one of our feature copy editors, Merilyn Cooper, at 5:30 p.m. last night:
Mom, 7 kids, plus Dad, swimming across nearest lake behind the building next door. They came out at the rocks (each baby looks the size of a rock, but with head and feet) then she led them back in. One seems to be a Daddy’s boy, tugboating next to Pop as they swam across.
This morning about 7:30 p.m., I went for a walk over to the Verizon building complex next to the Contra Costa Times to look for the little lake and our geese. It’s actually a little waterway with larger pond-like areas that winds its way around and through the buildings. Very nice.
Sure enough, there they were. Mother Goose was sitting on the bank of the waterway, her wings spread to cover all her chicks and keep them warm. At 7:30 a.m. it was still a little nippy. Standing guard and on full alert right next to them was Dad Goose.
In about an hour, one of our photographers will be free and we’ll go over and get some shots of the little family swimming around. We’ll post them someplace on out Web site at http://www.ContraCostaTimes.com. Look for them.
And they all lived happily ever after. At least that’s what it says here in my notes. /Gary