Mother goose picks honking place to lay eggs

This mother goose has nested in the middle of a busy road, prompting concern from drivers

This mother goose has nested in the middle of a busy road, prompting concern from drivers

First published in News
Last updated

OFFERING the perfect camouflage and plenty of shrubbery it's the ideal nesting place - apart from the fact that it's between a busy main road.

But one resourceful, if not gormless, goose has nested in the planters which divide the road on Castle Mills Bridge, whilst she waits for her chicks to hatch.

As an extremely busy road, Annette Pyrah, of Selby Wildlife Rehabilitation at Barlby, is concerned of the dangers the chicks will face when they finally hatch.

"My concern is that cars will swerve to avoid them if a chick is on the road. By law we can't move the nest but she must be resourceful to have built it there anyway.

"It's the perfect nesting area really, apart from the fact that it's between two roads. She is camouflaged and there is lots of shrubbery which makes it an inviting nesting place."

Annette said that numerous people, including drivers, have called her with concerns but said that until the eggs hatch there is little the wildlife group can do.

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:08am Fri 25 Apr 14

fayew1977 says...

It was there last year too!
It was there last year too! fayew1977
  • Score: 4

10:32am Fri 25 Apr 14

Jacques-Blaques says...

Beautiful bird! I think she is the same one as last year!
Somebody should speak to the Yorkshire Swan Hospital about this. They are experts on water birds. Dan Sidley is always dealing with problems like this. I didn't even know Selby wildlife existed!
Beautiful bird! I think she is the same one as last year! Somebody should speak to the Yorkshire Swan Hospital about this. They are experts on water birds. Dan Sidley is always dealing with problems like this. I didn't even know Selby wildlife existed! Jacques-Blaques
  • Score: 7

10:41am Fri 25 Apr 14

non pedalling pete says...

Too many of them in and around York Rowntrees park is disgusting with all their s**t.
Too many of them in and around York Rowntrees park is disgusting with all their s**t. non pedalling pete
  • Score: -18

11:57am Fri 25 Apr 14

Jacques-Blaques says...

non pedalling pete wrote:
Too many of them in and around York Rowntrees park is disgusting with all their s**t.
Too many PEOPLE around York with their rubbish, car fumes, old cigarettes and Saturday night disgraceful displays of drunkenness are much worse than a few beautiful geese that cause no harm!
[quote][p][bold]non pedalling pete[/bold] wrote: Too many of them in and around York Rowntrees park is disgusting with all their s**t.[/p][/quote]Too many PEOPLE around York with their rubbish, car fumes, old cigarettes and Saturday night disgraceful displays of drunkenness are much worse than a few beautiful geese that cause no harm! Jacques-Blaques
  • Score: 27

1:23pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

"Take the first egg-sit onto the dual carriageway, ..."?
"Take the first egg-sit onto the dual carriageway, ..."? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 8

6:31pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Jonlogical says...

non pedalling pete wrote:
Too many of them in and around York Rowntrees park is disgusting with all their s**t.
I believe the geese in Rowntrees park are Canada geese, this is a Greylag which is an old indigenous species.
Probably here before your ancestors Pete.
[quote][p][bold]non pedalling pete[/bold] wrote: Too many of them in and around York Rowntrees park is disgusting with all their s**t.[/p][/quote]I believe the geese in Rowntrees park are Canada geese, this is a Greylag which is an old indigenous species. Probably here before your ancestors Pete. Jonlogical
  • Score: 10

1:33pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Mrs.C72 says...

I understand the laws are in effect to prevent people from disturbing wildlife, but an exception should be allowed for professionals to move an animal when it may be in danger to a safer location. I also agree with Pete about all the goose poop in Rowntree Park, but I like having them there. Maybe the council should invest in goose nappies!
I understand the laws are in effect to prevent people from disturbing wildlife, but an exception should be allowed for professionals to move an animal when it may be in danger to a safer location. I also agree with Pete about all the goose poop in Rowntree Park, but I like having them there. Maybe the council should invest in goose nappies! Mrs.C72
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree