If you live in North America or certainly in Canada, you’ve probably seen Canadian geese. But how much do you really know about them? Today we’re going to be sharing some fun facts about these interesting birds.
1. Geese are monogamous and rarely change partners. They also pair off based on size. It has been observed that small geese choose small partners and large geese choose large partners. These bonds usually are not made permanent until the geese are 3 or 4 years old.
2. A full-grown goose usually has a wingspan of 4 to 6 feet. Some have been recorded weighing close to 20 pounds, but most Canadian geese weigh only about half that much.
3. Canadian geese who live in or near populated areas are often found in yard, on golf courses, or in parks. This is because geese are actually capable of digesting grass and naturally see lawns as a great food source, especially when they are bringing food back for their goslings, as well.
4. When flying, the V formation of geese is called a skein or a wedge. If the birds are flying especially close together, they are called a plump.
5. Geese build their nests on the ground, but always in a slightly elevated location or on a small mound. As well as wanting to have a view of the surrounding areas, they also always build their nests close to water.
6. Goose chicks are called goslings. Upon hatching, their eyes are open and they have soft, downy yellow feathers. Almost immediately, they are able to walk and even swim, but it takes some time before they have the skills and know-how to fend for themselves. Each clutch of eggs is around 2 to 8 goslings.
7. Goslings stay with their parents for at least a year, but in that time they sometimes form gangs. These gangs often are made up of goslings from a few nests which eat and travel together, with an adult supervising.
8.The fossil record for modern geese is very difficult to decipher and much work still needs to be done to figure out exactly when geese as we know them emerged. However, it can be said with confidence that they lived in North American at least 10 million years ago, perhaps even 12 million.
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