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Geese make nesting spot in Springfield parking lot

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

It's an unusual sight for anyone driving or walking through the Springfield Plaza right now.

A couple of geese have chosen the parking lot as their nesting site.

Say hello to Annie and David, two Canada geese who are calling Springfield home as they wait for their eggs to hatch.

"The incubation period is a little under a month, anywhere from 25 to 28 days," said Hannah Orenstein with Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.

Orenstein told Western Mass News that they first got word of the nest in mid-April and in just a short while, Annie and David will meet their babies. 

"We expect that in the next probably two weeks, we're going to see those eggs hatch," Orenstein noted.

The nesting site might seem out of the ordinary, but it turns out geese choose parking lots for very specific reasons.  

"They like to nest in flat open areas.  It gives them a line of sight for predators, so while we think that a parking lot isn't a great place to raise babies, for them, it's actually perfect," Orenstein explained.

TJO is advising shoppers at Springfield Plaza to stay away from the two.  Mom sits on the eggs 24/7, but it's Dad's job is to protect.

"He will come after you and he will try to attack.  Canada geese can be very aggressive and territorial," Orenstein said.

Many people have even left food, which can actually be dangerous for Canada geese. 

"A lot of things that people feed them like bread can actually be really toxic and kill them, so we ask if people really feel strongly and want to feed them, throw some cracked corn their way," Orenstein added.

Typically, five to six eggs are laid, but it's unclear just how many babies there will be until the day comes. 

The new chicks will stay with their parents for a year and don't be surprised if you see this family again. 

"Often times, they'll actually return to the same nesting site, so we may see them again next year," Orenstein said.

That means more babies could be in Springfield Plaza's future. 

While the chicks will grow and move on, Canada geese choose lifelong mates, so Annie and David are bonded for life.

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