Mayzie the Canada goose has returned for the third year in a row to her favourite Red Deer balcony to lay her eggs.
“I would expect we’ve got at least two to three weeks before they hatch,” said homeowner Michael Riopel.
He said the goose has already laid two eggs in the same flower pot as last year, on the same backyard balcony, near the man-made pond at Anders on the Lake neighbourhood.
She first stopped for a quick visit on March 18. Since then Mayzie, the name chosen by the homeowners, has been spending more and more time on the flower pot.
“The only disturbance I cause is when I go onto the deck to barbecue. She hisses, but she tolerates me,” Riopel said.
He said this year there are more Canada geese than usual visiting the local pond. It’s unclear whether they are the pair’s offspring. Mayzie and her mate have been unsuccessful in chasing them away.
On Wednesday morning, a crow dropped by the balcony.
“The crow must have spotted the eggs. Within seconds, the male was flying over and shooing away the crow.”
He said the public is also aware the goose has returned to Anders on the Lake.
“There are so many pedestrians and dog walkers around the lake. They know where the house is. They know where the pot is. They take pictures and point.”