It's particularly nice to know we can count on Mother Goose to return to the Contra Costa Times building every March to build a nest, hatch a clutch of eggs, and then swim off into the sunset.

Like clockwork, the Canada goose started building her nest the first of March and has, so far as we can tell, laid five eggs, which will hatch in 28 to 30 days.

This is the eighth year that a Canada goose — we believe it's the same one because her habits are the same — has used the overhang to build her nest. It is well protected by redwood trees and hard to spot, which is another reason we think it's the same goose.

Mother Goose sits on her nest on a roof of the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, Calif. on Thursday, March 7, 2013. The goose laid her eggs last weekend
Mother Goose sits on her nest on a roof of the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, Calif. on Thursday, March 7, 2013. The goose laid her eggs last weekend and we expect the to see goslings at the end of March to the beginning of April. (Ray Saint Germain/Staff)


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