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Is this Canada Goose guarding a nest?

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I've been to this lake a lot recently and a few days ago had the pleasure of seeing some new goslings, so I know that the Geese nest there.



There is a very small island on the lake and there is always one Goose sitting there.  Is it clear that she is guarding a nest?  If not, then why is there always one (and only one) Goose on that island?



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Typically when a female Canada goose is nesting, her mate stands sentry "somewhere" nearby.  Somewhere on the main shore of this lake, the male is likely waiting.  The male will keep a watchful eye on the entire territory, looking for predators and other creatures than might disturb the nest. If one is detected, the male usually will act to create a diversion  leading away from the nest. This works surprisingly well in most instances.

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