Sunday, April 16, 2006

Canada goose Branta Canadensis

As a child, seeing the striking black and white of the Canada goose was a rare and exciting occurrence. As a special treat my father would bring home a bag of stale bread. I have no recollection of where he picked up the bread but the minute I saw the bag I knew we were going to go “feed the ducks.” Now regardless of the names I called them, these were usually not ducks but geese and swans that lived in the thickets near a large fountain. Even today I clearly recall the joy of the fountain and the “ducks. ” There I could contentedly splash in the water and feed or chase Canada geese or swans.

Now one of the first sounds of my morning is the calling of the Canada geese as they travel overhead to spend the day foraging at the dam. Again as evening begins to fall their calls drift into the loft and I listen for them as for the voice of a welcome friend. Already the Canadas are nesting; in many instances the goslings have already hatched and are following their parents through the grasses and out into the marsh or lakes. These birds are family oriented; the adult birds mate for life, once the offspring have hatched they will stay together as a family unit until the fledglings are full grown.
For many people the Canada goose is one of their most familiar birds; as ubiquitous as pidgins in some places. In the back of my mind I remember that geese can be a problem in the city yet here where there is room for them to roam, lakes and ponds, grasses and pond weeds, their beauty and elegance seem to belong and I love finding them sailing majestically across the lake.
Spring days invite a walk down leafy green corridors where warblers sing and the quiet trails open to vistas of the beautiful Bashakill marsh. Around each corner is some new delight: unfolding spring leaves, a glittering dew drop spider web, small rabbits, a turtle or a family of Canada geese

Go take a look at the "wonderful" goslings and reflections at Harmony in line
There are some fun stories and poems about Canada geese

13 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

I'm fond of Canada geese too, and enjoyed reading this - they are ubiquitous here too. And thanks you for the links and the photos, Endment.

5:06 AM  
Blogger kerrdelune said...

Magnificent, and I absolutely adore the geese. Their departure in late fall is always the first signal that winter is coming and their return means Spring is on the way. There are many thousands of them here, but I never hear or see geese without feeling blessed and very privileged.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh your photographs are divine! I've shared many of the bird ones with my husband because he is a big birder--- I particularly loved the last one with the young chick-- so sweet.

~bluepoppy

8:26 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

There are some "Wonderful" goslings at http://harmonyinline.blogspot.com/

Mary
thanks for your visit - glad you enjoyed

kerrdelune
me too

bluepoppy
go take a look at the chicks at harmonyinline

9:48 AM  
Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Yes, we see them too in the fields and near the lakes.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

How beautiful their little family is, all together like that. Lovely photographs.

12:19 PM  
Blogger HoBess said...

The pictures with the goslings are just wonderful! In Missouri we have Canadian geese all year long, but you can really tell when their movements pick up. I love listening to them talk to each other.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Rain said...

For the last few years, we have had a pair of Greater Canadian Geese that come to spend early spring in our pastures and graze with the cows and sheep. Then there were 4 and maybe they were a family but like you, I love their sound as they come in or leave. They don't nest here, guess it's not quite safe enough but it's nice that they regularly do spend their days for a month or so.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

I just love the geese just don't like what they leave behind.LOL

As a kid I too, used to go down to this park and feed the ducks and geese. One day, one goose got a little too greedy. He or she help themself to my Father lit cigarette,which still between his fingers and then swallowed it. Dad swears that smoke came out it's mouth.

9:09 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Beautiful colors in these photos! It's hard to appreciate canada geese because they seem to be everywhere they shouldn't be (office parks, golf courses, baseball fields, etc.) but these photo of them in a more *natural environment really highlight their beauty.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous homebird said...

Love post--both pictures and text. It's always so sad when any bird becomes a nuisance by being in the wrong place in too many numbers, but especially one so beautiful as the Canada goose. I see a couple of these birds almost every day, and in the streams and ponds they are so elegant and peaceful looking. Thanks also for the links.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

How sweet the goslings are and how beautifully you portray them. Your descriptions are always so interesting and poetic. I come to this blog for joy and renewal.

1:48 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Ohhhh, love the little baby geese.
a.

9:28 AM  

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