Most photos taken on May 23, 2021, during an 8 km circuit of the lakes and ponds in our little city. The shot in the field was taken on May 25, 2021. The shots after that were taken May 29, 2021 and the last shots were taken June 6 & 7, 2021. Look how big the goslings are getting.
These walking poop machines need no introduction almost anywhere in North America. They seem to take up residence all over Canada and the U.S.A. where there are bodies of water of any description.
Size: 55-122 cm (21.1/2-48 inches, W up to 178 cm (70 inches)
Habitat: lakeshores, river banks, ponds, farmlands and city parks
Nesting: on islands and shorelines, have been known to nest on building roofs, balconies, patios, planters.
Voice: loud ah-honk. They will violently protect their territory, their nest and their young from any and all comers. If they fly at you, it will hurt. Just ask Fabio.
Source: Partners and Lone Pine Publishing Birds of Alberta
Battle stations – defending their territory from intruders
Somebody’s kids are getting big.
Splish, splash, I was takin’ a bath.
The first slide has 18 goslings in it, so we are assuming it is gosling daycare with 2 moms.
On June 6, 2021, during an in city bike ride, there was a strange absence of Canada Geese families. We would spot the odd adult or pair of adults by themselves, but no goslings around. Finally, at the last storm water pond, we spotted a group of adults swimming on their own. Looking further up on the bank, we spotted a group of large goslings, being supervised by one adult. I guess they are big enough now, that they will not become prey, so adults can have more “me” time and the goslings can continue to fatten up. Quite a transformation.
June 6, 2021
June 7, 2021