As forecast, it was a perfect morning in Estabrook, and I stopped by the pond on my way to the north end to see who the nice weather might have brought out. The main attraction, however, was that the Canada goose was back on her nest this morning for the first time that I’ve seen this season.
I read that “Canada geese lay between four and nine eggs per year. The average is five. The female lays one egg every one to two days, usually early in the morning. She does not leave the nest, eat, drink, or bathe while the eggs are incubating. The gestation period is 28 to 30 days.” Thus, we have only 32 to 48 days to go until gosling time!
Last year, you may recall that she lost her first clutch, and had to lay a second, so the whole process took even longer, but let’s all hope that doesn’t happen this year. Last year, there were also a lot more geese on the pond, including a couple with a nest at the north end of the island, and maybe that’s what jinxed it.
Anyway, a belted kingfisher was also visiting the pond this morning and looking for some breakfast, but I didn’t see her catch any this time.
Back at the river, a beaver swam by right in front of me, as if to say, “what’s with all the muskrats and deer lately?”
Winter wrens are still plentiful, and here’s one of them.
At the north end, the mergansers have moved on, but the pair of buffleheads were still there.
And here’s an eastern phoebe soaking up some of that nice and warm late-march morning sun.
On my way back south, I got all excited when I thought I spotted a female red-winged blackbird at last, but it turns out to be just a “non-breeding male” with a “scaly” look and “incomplete red shoulder patches.” Oh well. Maybe next time.
I finally caught one of the chipmunks I’ve been seeing, and one day sooner than I did last year. How’s that for clockwork?
Lastly, the overnight freeze made even more fancy ice sculptures, and here are a couple.