Sunday, April 11, 2010

11 April 2010

This information is very similar from a  few website. I was curious how long it will take the Canadian Geese eggs to hatch. Here are some answers:

How many eggs do Canada geese usually lay in one nest?
The number of eggs laid by one goose in a nest can range from 1 to 10, but the average for giant Canada geese is between 5 and 6.  The goose lay’s one egg per day.  If more than one goose is laying eggs in a nest, as sometimes occurs when geese are nesting close to each other (such as on an island), occasionally 15 or more eggs will be found in a nest. 
How long does it take the eggs to hatch?
The process of sitting on the eggs and keeping them warm so they develop properly and eventually hatch is called incubation.  The female goose begins incubating the eggs the day last egg is laid.  The goose normally incubates the eggs for 28-30 days before they hatch.

I am going to use 5 April as my starting date (although it is probably a few days earlier) so around 3 May could be the day that they hatch. I was down at the lake this morning and the nest was still there and mother goose was on the nest guarding it. 

Also took a picture of a Mourning Dove drinking out of the bird bath.  It is another permanent resident of NOVA.

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