Ketchikan, Alaska - Milder
than usual winter temperatures must have encouraged the Ketchikan
goose Madonna Picasso to nest early.
Madonna is a White China goose
- also known as a Swan Goose because of the White China's graceful
swan-like appearance when swimming.
Madonna Picasso is sitting
on top of a knee-high mountain of hay that she has stacked and
stuffed piece-by-piece to protect her precious five eggs. She
constructed this hay castle for her nest in her Pop's heated
garage and is quite warm and cozy!
The mother goose gently rolls
her eggs higher each time she adds more hay. The stack of hay
reminds one of the story of "The Princess and The Pea."
If all continues to go well,
her babies are expected to arrive in the next 10 to 14 days.