It may not be a surprise to see a Canada Goose most anywhere. The most widespread of our geese, and only local breeder, they're found on most any grassy lawn and near most any body of water. But here's a tale of the local waterfowl running afoul of even those standards.
Last week Dina Frigo was volunteering with Chicago Bird Collision Monitors when she was called to the rooftop of a 12-story building in Logan Square. She came upon a harrowing scene: Six goslings were about to make the leap from the roof down to the ground (watch the video below).
"If we had come at them, mom and dad would've flown away and the babies would have jumped from the roof to follow," Dina says.
Dina and two other volunteers coaxed the babies to come to them with seeds. They were netted and taken in a box to safety.
"It was quite intense!" Dina says. "It really was a miracle."
Canada Geese also are nesting on the roof of the Weiss Memorial Hospital parking garage in Uptown (above). Some may remember that this has happened before, memorialized in the "Weiss Waddle" a few years ago. And yet another family made it down from the 19th District Police garage in Lakeview late last month.
As the old nursery rhyme says, "Goosey, goosey gander, whither shall I wander?" One doesn't have to wander far to find a nesting goose at this time of year.