Any nest will do

By Dean Guernsey / The Bulletin


It's nesting time for Bend's population of resident Canada geese, and they've chosen some strange places. The geese commonly bed down in places that offer good visibility and protection for them and their young. After the female lays her eggs, she'll do most of the nest-sitting, although the loyal male will keep house from time to time to allow her to get food and water. After about 30 days, the eggs will hatch. After that, the fluffy goslings — weighing 3 to 4 ounces — will flutter to the ground. Paul Stell of the Bend Parks&Recreation District said the district's goal is to keep Bend's goose population to between 150 and 200.