Now that the nest has five eggs in it, (very tempting they are, too!) and is still right there on the roof, it causes me to wonder. If they do hatch (which seems sort of up-in-the-air at this point -- no pun intended) how will the goslings get down off the roof and into the water? I mean -- I know a baby owl or vulture is of course raised to flying age in the nest up at the very top of a raggedy old snag. Even robins are taught to fly from high up. But ducks and geese, I've always seen waddling down to the water and learning, first of all, to swim.
So? Perhaps I should just eat the eggs now and save their parents the heartbreak of seeing their babies die, one right after the other, from a ten-foot tumble!