I love to make up little photo journals - this one features Canada geese photographed just down from my home near the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. The birds are frequent visitor to the greenfield site at Greenhill. I've included a few facts about Canada geese that you might enjoy.
Canada geese are slightly smaller than domestic geese and have a reputation of being rather aggressive. They are certainly very protective of their young. They are very attractive birds, having a distinctive black head and white chin strap.
Last year this family had seven goslings. It was fascinating to watch them grow very quickly from cuddly fluffy goslings to miniature versions of the adults. Like most geese, the adults keep close watch over the goslings and teach them all they need to know, including how to fly. They were a common sight running the Greenhill strengthening their wings. These particular geese are all-year residents locally but their instinct would be to have the young ready for a long migration flight before winter.
They also appeared to be enthusiastic gardeners of local lawns although I am unsure the residents appreciated the fertilizer.
Bird picture: Canada goose
Bird pictures: Canada goose
Bird pictures: Canada Geese Goslings
Bird pictures: Young Canada Goose on Bingley Canal
Information about Canada geese
Species: Branta canedensis
Common name: Canada goose
Length: 35-43 inches
Wingspan: 5-6 feet
Weight: 9-11 lbs
Lifespan: 20-25 years
Bird pictures: Flight School Goose Style
Bird pictures by wildlife photographer AnnMackieMiller
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