Canada Geese. What to say about Canada Geese. We have all complained about these birds at one point or another, shooed them, chased them, been chased by them or ended up swearing because of them. But, at the same time we as Canadians, are known for them. When thinking about Canadian animals you think Beaver, Moose, Canada Goose. And so, even though we often curse them, they have earned this week’s top spot for Pacific Landings feathered friend Fridays.
Canada Geese are brown with long black necks. Their heads are black with a white patch on either side. They enjoy family and are often found in large gaggles / flocks near fresh water. These geese are extremely well adapted to living in human populated areas, which is a huge leap from the early 1900s when the giant Canada goose was almost driven extinct. Now, however, their numbers in North America exceed 5 million (based on a study from 2000).
The Canada Goose mates for life and often mated pairs will return to the same nesting spot each year to raise their young. Goslings and eggs are more susceptible to prey, whereas once the geese reach adulthood they have few natural predators. This is due to their often aggressive temperament and large size. This is the reason why, if you are like my sister, you may have a childhood horror story of chased by Geese. They are fiercely protective of their nests and families.
Fun Fact: Canada Geese are afraid of Otters. This picture was taken when they took to the shore to get further away from an otter that came to fish in the Esquimalt Lagoon.
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