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Cozy Goose Down Nest

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Canada Goose nest along the Columbia River, April 26, 2013 - by Larry Halverson

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology gives a good description of Canada Goose nest placement.

“On the ground, usually on a muskrat mound or other slightly elevated site, near water. They prefer a spot from which they can have a fairly unobstructed view in many directions. Female selects the site and does much of nest construction. She adds down feathers and some body feathers beginning after the second egg is laid. She does all the incubation while her mate guards her and the nest.”

It took 7 days to lay this clutch of eggs and about 28 days of incubation before they hatch. Some years in the Columbia Valley goose goslings have appeared by the 3 week in April.