Canada Geese – Force of Nature

The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) really is a Force of Nature! It is a large, noisy, fearless bird, which is only part of the reason it is increasingly becoming an unwelcome neighbour in parkland areas throughout Canada and the United States.

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Sometimes referred to as pond starlings or Canada rats , these fowl can really foul  – 50 of them can produce 2.5 tons of manure in a year. Their vast numbers have not been depleted despite the efforts of hunters who harvest about 2.6 million of them a year and consider them to be the roast beef of the skies.

Every spring, a pair of them lands on the rocks behind our house. They are extremely vocal, and though I don’t pretend to understand what they are saying, it is quite possible that this year they are discussing their surprise that the Alberta Conservative party was defeated by the NDP party in the recent election.

The Feather Files
Name: Branta canadensis
Alias: Canada Goose
Migration: Resident to long-distance migrant. Canada Geese breed throughout North America, except in the high Arctic and in the extreme southern parts of the United States and Mexico.
Date Seen: May, 2015
Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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13 thoughts on “Canada Geese – Force of Nature

    • It is going to be an interesting time in Alberta, but I think the NDP party will find (like all political parties) that it is a lot easier to make promises than it is to keep them.

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  1. We have a lovely waterfront part where joggers and walkers like to spend time and those geese, most fowl, mess up the walking paths. We had them all over the parking lot where I worked as well. What a mess and, yes, loud and belligerent birds.

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    • I probably wouldn’t have thought of them either, but there they were on the rocks that morning, squawking and bantering so loud that I could hear them inside the house!

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  2. Margie…when I was a kid growing up in Philadelphia the geese showed up every year along the river that runs through the city…but then they were called “Canadian” Geese..somehow they eventually became “Canada Geese” …down here in South Florida we have Egyptian Geese…they are very good parents and usually save all their offspring from preditors, but the mother honks relentlessly. You can see a family on my slide show page at marckuhn.com…have a honk’n good day!

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    • Great photos, Marc! Interesting how many of your pictures could have come from my album – a tabby cat, a trip through the Panama Canal, birds, grandchildren.
      I envy the water you have behind your house. We have a seasonal slough… the mosquito factory, I call it…

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