Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordful Wednesday-Canadian Geese

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These next photos were taken by my Daughter. There is a area pond that she like to go fishing at. Oh but wait, you will see there are more things than fish in the waters......

Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese live in the area near Water, grassy fields and grain fields. Their love for Manicured lawns has increased over the years for a couple reasons. The young can feed on the grass as the parent keeps an unobstructed eye on them and the surroundings. This is why in the northern states area we will see them gathering near Parks, golf courses and Airports. This action makes them sometimes called the Nuisance Geese, in some suburban areas. It also causes a hazard to the airports planes. As you will recall a flock a Canadian Geese flew into US Airways flight 1549 on January 15, 2009. Causing a complete engine failure. The plane set down in the Hudson River.

Now for you bird watchers;

Phylum- Chordata
Class- Aves
Order- Anseriformes
Family- Anatidae
Species- Branta

There are 11 subspecies known. Here are seven of them.
  • Atlantic Canada Goose, Branta canadensis canadensis
  • Interior Canada Goose, Branta canadensis interior
  • Giant Canada Goose, Branta canadensis maxima
  • Moffitt's Canada Goose, Branta canadensis moffitti
  • Vancouver Canada Goose, Branta canadensis fulva
  • Dusky Canada Goose, Branta canadensis occidentalis
  • part of "Lesser complex", Branta canadensis parvipes
The size will get small as you move northward as well as darker if you move southward.
Four of the smaller version have a new species name "The Crackling goose"

For a few years now some are not moving so much south but are staying north. It is believed that the reason is due to the Farming changing. Farms being sold and housing developments going up. This make the waste grains not as available. Therefore they stay closer to the water and marsh areas. Another cause is weather changes.
These birds can live up to about 30 years if they can stay out of the rifles aim. Most Hunting has decreased due to their migrate patterns as well as the Laws of Hunting and areas being limited. With less and less open field and woodlands, new natural protected preserves and new Gun laws it has given a protection blanket for the Canadian Geese. That is why we see more and more flocks flying through our Northern American skies.

a closer view.


  1. Beautiful! We see Canadian geese flying over here all the time...mostly on their way to local golf courses.

  2. I definitely know all about those geese. IT is pretty cool to watch them with their young ones.

    Have a great Wednesday!

  3. Love all the info--my folks have Canadian geese who 'summer' in a pond near their home.


  4. Great photo. Thanks for sharing the info too. I learned a thing or two. Happy WW!

  5. Beautiful photos and great information! Thank you for sharing. Happy Wordless Wednesday!

  6. Wow, great info! We love Canada Geese and seeing the goslings every spring.

  7. great shots! I did not know they can live for 30 years! Yes, unfortunately people do not realize that hunters (responsible ones)do a lot more than manage herds & flocks of animals, they spend a lot of $ in those areas as well to support the economies. It is also sad that so much land is being built on that really should not, esp if they have to use fill... nature needs to have her share, as they where here long before we were.

  8. I would love to watch them too. too bad we don't get to see these.

    Very interesting information about them.

  9. Yangyi Hui said ...

    Thanks for sharing yo


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