Our Mother Goose — the Canada goose that build her nest and laid her 7 eggs on the Contra Costa Times’ rooftop — is having a really good day today. Her eggs are hatching!
Here’s a link where you can watch our Webcam shooting live video of Mother Goose and her chicks on the nest http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cct’s-mother-goose
Here’s what’s going to happen today:
We expect her 7 ducklings to jump off the roof sometime today, at the urging of their Mother Goose (she flies down to the ground and calls them). They jump … their tiny 2-oz. bodies are covered by a thick coating of protective fluffy down that will protect them and absorb their fall. But just in case, some of us from the Times’ newsroom will be stationed below, each holding a corner of a large blanket, to try and catch the ducklings as they fall. It will be a bit of a scramble, like the “Keystone Cops,” but we’ll do our best. Even without our help, Mother Goose has raised about 30 goslings over the last 5 years, and all have survived the jump.
Then they will follow Mama to a nearby pond, where she and the male goose will start the long job of raising and teaching their chicks how to survive in the world. We watch this every year and it still continues to amaze us.
Isn’t this fun? Enjoy … /Gary