Lately, I’ve had fun watching geese parade goslings around our local park. Perhaps you have some geese near you, and you might be interested in the facts I’ve gleaned about them.
- In 2015, the geese population in North America 2015 was between 4.2 and 5.6 million.
- Geese like to eat grass, but they’ll also wolf down seeds, berries, skunk cabbage, and eel grass.
- Believe it or not, but more than one site reported that geese really enjoy blueberries.
- Many experts believe Canadian Geese mate for life.
- After they hook up, they like to build nests on the ground in a slightly elated area that is near water.
- Many times, they make their nests on lawns. You might see them on golf courses. They prefer short grass heights because it gives them an unobstructed view so it’s easy for them to spot predators.
- Their nests are bowls of weeds, grass, and sticks that they line in down.
- Goose moms lay about 2-8 creamy white eggs.
- Mom incubates these eggs for 42-50 days, while Dad guards her.
- Hatchlings are born with their eyes open and covered in yellowish down.
- After only a day or two, they can toddle out of the nest.
- At about four weeks old, the gosling’s wing and tail feathers sprout. They’re black, but the gosling hasn’t lost the fluffy yellow down on his back.
- A baby goose won’t be about to fly until they are seven to nine weeks old. At which time, he’s lost his yellow feathers, and grown. He resembles his parents. Even though he looks like mom and dad, he will likely remain with them until he’s around a year old.
Do you like to watch geese? Or do you find them annoying? I know several of my neighbors do. They ask me not to feed them. Don’t worry. I don’t, but I will confess to photographing them. Here a few of my favorite shots.