The two geese had been laying eggs in the nest since some time in February. One of the geese got broody and began to set on St. Patrick's Day. She has barely moved since. From what I can tell, she takes a quick break for food and water once a day, carefully covering her nest before leaving. She has also tended to her nest by discarding a few eggs. She must know something about those eggs that is not obvious to us but from what we can figure she probably still has eight or ten eggs under her.
When the geese began to lay we had to put a sheet of plywood against the fence as they would reach out to grab anyone walking by their nest. They have quite long necks which fit easily through the gaps in the cattle panel. Unfortunately they built right in the corner closest to the gate that we all use to go to the back of the farm. Until we put the plywood up we had to swing the gate wide open and walk as far from the nest as we could. The dogs as well as a sheep or two following us would often get a good goosing. The dogs quickly learned to wait until they could pass on the farthest side. The sheep just kept running, often leaving a lock of wool behind with a goose.
This morning I noticed that she had moved the entire nest over by a foot. It was completely rebuilt with perhaps one more egg discarded. I have no idea what she was thinking but it was quite intentional. We'll find out a little over a week what has become of the eggs still under her.