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Webcam: Watch the Times’ rooftop Mother Goose nesting LIVE!

Mother Goose. Contra Costa Times photo
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I wrote about the Contra Costa Times’ very own “Mother Goose” here on Tuesday (March 2). You can scroll down and read what I said. She is a Canada goose who started nesting on our rooftop five years ago and has returned every spring since then to raise a new family of goslings.

Watch our Mother Goose yourself during daylight hours via our new Webcam: http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_14491539

Watch her preening as she sits on her nest of redwood tree duff and incubates her eggs. Watch her stand up periodically to turn the eggs carefully with her beak to make sure they are being properly incubated. NOTE: When Mother Goose takes a break, she covers her eggs with nest material to keep them insulated and warm until she returns, so don’t panic if you see an empty nest. She’ll be back soon.

Speaking of the eggs … it looks like there are at least four. If you are watching and think you can get a better count, please comment on that below. Other comments are also encouraged.

Now click on our Webcam and sit back and enjoy! /Gary

Posted on Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Under: blogs, Canada Goose, Mother Goose, Wildlife | 1 Comment »

Canada goose: She’s back! Times’ Mother Goose is nesting on our roof again!

Mother Goose sitting on her rooftop nest in 2009
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A female Canada goose has returned once again to build her nest on a Contra Costa Times’ rooftop for the 5th year in a row.

It almost didn’t happen.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
Under: Bird nests, Birds, Canada Goose, Wildlife | 2 Comments »

Goose cam: See our own Mama Goose, live. Time for eggs to hatch?

The Contra Costa Times own Mother Goose, Walnut Creek, California. Photo by Joe Boessenecker, Walnut Creek, Calif.
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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.
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Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2009
Under: Canada Goose, Mother Goose | 5 Comments »

Webcam: Watch the Times’ rooftop Mother Goose nesting LIVE

Mother Goose. Photo by Joe Boessenecker, Walnut Creek, Calif.
cct goose

I first wrote about the Contra Costa Times’ very own “Mother Goose” here on Feb. 19. She is a Canada goose who started nesting on our rooftop four years ago and has returned every spring since then to raise a new family of goslings.

Now you can watch our Mother Goose yourself during daylight hours via our new Webcam: http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_11783519

Watch her preening as she sits on her nest of redwood tree duff and incubates her eggs. Watch her stand up periodically to turn the eggs carefully with her beak to make sure they are being properly incubated. Watch her get occasional visits from another Canada goose who we think is the father of those eggs.
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Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2009
Under: Canada Goose, Mother Goose, Web Cam | 107 Comments »

She’s BACK! Canada goose nests annually on CCTimes’ rooftop

The Newspaper Goose. Photo by Joe Boessenecker, Walnut Creek, Calif.
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A female Canada goose has returned to nest on a Contra Costa Times’ rooftop again this year for the 4th year in a row.

She’s a couple of weeks early this year and most of us here at the Times figures it probably has to do with the weather.

There’s a truck awning outside the Times’ production office. The small roof/awning covers an area where delivery trucks can back in to deliver whatever it is they are delivering. There’s a row of redwood trees nearby and dried redwood duff falls onto the top of the awning. The goose scrapes all this “soft,” dried material up into a pile, scoops out a depression in the middle and lays her eggs.
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Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2009
Under: Bird nests, Birds, Canada Goose, Wildlife | 7 Comments »

The Times’ goose is back!

Every spring for the last few years (three, I think), a pair of Canada geese have nested on a small section of our roof here at the Contra Costa Times at 2640 Shadelands Drive in Walnut Creek.

There’s a little piece of our roof that sticks out above the employee parking lot, right next to the guard shack. Times employees can watch her through an upstairs window in the hallway on the other side of the wall from her nest without disturbing her. (And we do! We’re very attached to our goose!)

Geese often nest on cliffs, so it’s not surprising for a suburban goose to pick a flat rooftop. Goslings, with their thick, fuzzy down, are designed by Mother Nature to bounce safely when they jump off high places like cliffs, hollow trees and low suburban rooftops.

There are several redwood trees right next to mama goose’s roof. Her roof top is covered with dried bits of fallen redwood twigs.

On Thursday, our security guard told me the goose was back, so I went up and looked out the window. Sure enough, there she was, pushing the fallen bits of redwood duff around with her large beak into a round-shaped nest with a big dip in the middle where she will lay her 4-7 eggs and then sit on them and incubate them for the next 42 days.

On Friday morning when I checked, there was still just the empty nest, ready for her to climb aboard and lay her eggs when it’s time.

She is a tough lady. In past years I’d look out the window when I got to work just before dawn, and see her sitting up there all by herself with her head held high in the freezing cold, or wind, or rain, as she peered over the edge of her little roof and watched her friends — the Times employees — arriving at work.

The male goose often stands on a higher part of our roof so he can look down at the nest and keep a protective eye on his mate.

I wonder how many little goslings she’ll hatch this year … after she gets around to laying her eggs?

Posted on Friday, January 19th, 2007
Under: Canada Goose | 2 Comments »

Canada goose nesting on our roof

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.

Posted on Friday, March 17th, 2006
Under: Canada Goose, nesting, wild birds | 4 Comments »