What would you do if a bird turned your balcony into its own personal nesting area?
Would you try to scare it off? Or maybe you’d let the animal do its thing. But for one man in Edmonton, he set up a webcam and caught something extraordinary.
Benjamin Lavin first noticed a Canada goose taking residence on his balcony in early April, but wasn’t exactly pleased with his new tenant.
“Initially I tried to shoo her away,” he said.
But when the bird kept coming back, he eventually noticed why. There were five eggs sitting in his tomato planter, and he had no idea what to do with them. That’s when he called in the experts at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.
“They had kind of told me to keep an eye on her but suggested it might be tough because I wouldn’t be able to watch her 24/7.”
That’s where the “Goosecam” comes in. Lavin quickly set up a livestream of the nest to keep an ever-present eye on things and added the video feed to his blog, where he said it became an “instant hit.” More than 40,000 people from 80 different countries tuned in to keep a close eye on the soon-to-be mom.
But the big day everyone was waiting for finally came Sunday, on Mother’s Day, when the goose welcomed her five brand new goslings into the world. The timing really couldn’t have been better.
Lavin said his only remaining concern was how the geese intended to get down from his 10th-storey balcony, but one look at his blog puts those fears to rest:
“The eggs have hatched and are gone. All 5 jumped off the balcony to follow their mom and made it down safely :)”, Lavin posted.
Welcome to motherhood, Mother Goose!