by Carl Strang
It seemed the ideal situation. Muskrats had built an enormous mounded den in the center of the parking lot marsh at Mayslake Forest Preserve, and it was a sure bet that it would platform a Canada goose nest in the spring. Sure enough.
Something happened. The nest was abandoned before incubation was completed. The water is deep, and it’s hard to imagine a coyote making that swim for so small a return. The story wasn’t over, though, as a second attempt was underway by early June.
This was very late, but still there would be plenty of time to get young flying by fall. The result, however, was the same.
To close on a more positive note, I will share some recent portraits of Mayslake’s other birds.