Friday, April 26, 2013


 "A Nesting Goose"

Here in the Shire a few years ago, there was a lot of excitement
when the employees of a big box store 
discovered a goose nesting in their parking lot
on one of the concrete and grass medians.

photo, The Forest Log blog, Tom Forrester. April 2011

Rather than call animal control to remove the goose,
the employees adopted it,
setting out water so she wouldn't have to go far 
to quench her thirst.
People were excited that nature was unfolding her magic
in such an unlikely place.

Apparently, geese are "urban nesting" lots of places.
Photo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Yesterday, I noticed the goose that had been sunning itself
on top of one of the planter-pedestals in the large fountain 
in front of my office building
was sitting there again yesterday, fully awake.
I think she may be nesting.

photo, Longing for Maine blog, Cynthia J. Cage, 

If so, it will be interesting to see how she gets her goslings 
out of the nest since below is a long drop into the fountain's pool.


But since she is a goose who goes by her inner wisdom,
I'm going to assume she'll figure out a way.
And one day, if we're lucky,
there will be some fuzzy yellow baby geese 
swimming in the fountain.

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