Do Geese Nest in TREES? (Where They Sleep)

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Do geese nest in trees? Sometimes it’s beneficial to know where birds nest, but especially if you’re looking to own one. If you want to learn more about whether or not geese nest in trees then just keep on reading!

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Do Geese Nest in Trees?

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Geese do not nest in trees, but will actually nest and lay their eggs on the ground.
Many people wonder about whether or not geese nest in trees, but the answer is not generally. Geese are heavy birds, and their eggs are heavy, so they prefer to nest on the ground. Nesting near large bodies of water provides geese with food and safety from predators. The tall grasses often found surrounding goose nests provide additional cover from predators. While geese are not familiar with nesting in trees, some exceptions exist. The most notable exception is the Canadian Goose, which will occasionally nest in trees if food and safety are abundant near the nesting site. Overall, while it’s not common for geese to nest in trees, there are some exceptions depending on the species of goose and the conditions near the nesting site. Be sure not to disturb a goose nest no matter where you may find it. Read More: Where Do Geese Sleep? Find out more about where geese sleep to get to know a little more about these incredible birds.

How Mother Goose Builds Nests

Mother geese are incredibly nurturing creatures that will go above and beyond to ensure their offspring are as safe and comfortable as possible. A big part is finding the perfect spot to build their nest. They want a relatively flat, well-drained, and close to water. Once they have found the ideal location, they will start collecting materials to construct their nest. This usually includes grass, twigs, and feathers. The female will then start shaping the nest by pressing her body into it and using her beak to mold the materials. Once satisfied with the structure, she will start laying her eggs. Each egg takes about 28 days to incubate, and once they hatch, the mother goose will do everything she can to keep her goslings safe and sheltered until they are ready to venture out on their own. Here’s a video showing geese who are beginning to build their nest up close:

Read our related article, When Do Geese Lay Eggs? Learn about the life and mating cycle of geese!

How Long Do Geese Nest

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Geese are amazing birds and we love to see the parents nest, raise their young, and then begin this cycle again through the breeding season.
Most geese nest in late spring, generally choosing sites near water. The female will lay a clutch of 4-7 eggs which hatch in 26-28 days. They stay with their parents until they reach sexual maturity at 2-3 years old. Although goose nesting sites are usually close to water, they have also been known to nest on buildings and other structures. The nest is built by males and females using grass, feathers, twigs, and leaves. It’s typically lined with down plucked from the female’s breast. Once the eggs are laid, the female will do most of the incubating while the male stands guard. Both parents help to care for the young, but the female does most of the feeding while the male defends the area from predators. Goslings will begin to eat vegetation within a few days of hatching but won’t be fully independent until they are around 3 months old. At this point, they will start to form their own group of geese separate from their parents. Once geese reach adulthood, they typically mate for life and return to the same nesting site year after year. Read More: How to Attract Canada Geese to Your Pond. Geese can make your pond more lively and interesting. Here’s how to attract them!

How Do You Know When Geese Are Nesting?

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Geese usually will give a few different signs when they begin nesting, so if you see one just be sure to stay clear of it so you don’t bother the geese.
Geese are exciting creatures, and their nesting habits are no exception. If you’re lucky enough to have geese living near you, you may wonder how you can tell when they’re nesting. Here are a few things to look for:
  • The first sign that geese are nesting is the appearance of a nest. Geese usually build their nests on the ground, near water. The nest will be a large mound of grass, feathers, and well-concealed materials.
  • Another sign that geese are nesting is the behavior of the adults. During the nesting season, geese become very protective of their nests and often hiss or chase away intruders. If you see a goose acting aggressively, a nest is likely nearby.
  • Finally, the most apparent sign that geese are nesting is the presence of eggs. Geese typically lay between three and seven eggs per clutch, so if you see eggs in a nest, it’s a sure sign that geese are nesting in the area.
If you see any of these signs, it’s a good indication that geese are nesting in your area. Read our related article,Why Are Geese So Aggressive?’ to learn more about matings season behavior.


Do Geese Leave Their Eggs Unattended?

While it’s commonly thought that geese will abandon their eggs if a human touches them, this is not the case. Geese are loyal to their mates and typically stick by their side throughout the nesting process. However, there are instances where a goose may become startled or feel threatened, causing them to fly away and leave their eggs unprotected.


Geese do not nest in trees as they are larger birds and their eggs are larger. This doesn’t allow them to easily nest in trees. This can come with advantages and disadvantages but we hope you learned a little more about geese in this article!

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