Picture parade eighty-eight

Yet more of Dordie’s wonderful pictures, plus three of my own!

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The three of my own pictures follow.

They record the fact that last Tuesday, a pair of Canada Geese decided to make a nest on our property.

In the middle of our five-acre horse paddock there is a lake with an island in the centre - a very safe place for a nest!
In the middle of our five-acre horse paddock there is a lake with an island in the centre – a very safe place for a nest!

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The zoomed-in photograph was taken yesterday morning around 9am.
The zoomed-in photograph was taken yesterday morning around 9am.

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Another picture angle on the goose sitting on her eggs.
Another picture angle on mother goose sitting on her eggs.

Makes us feel a little special!

10 thoughts on “Picture parade eighty-eight

  1. This is is so exciting – you are going to be grandparents to a gaggle of geese. I prefer grandparents over landlords. So much fun to watch – ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. From Wikipedia:

    Reproduction

    During the second year of their lives, Canada geese find a mate. They are monogamous, and most couples stay together all of their lives. If one dies, the other may find a new mate. The female lays from 2โ€“9 eggs with an average of five and both parents protect the nest while the eggs incubate, but the female spends more time at the nest than the male.

    Its nest is usually located in an elevated area near water such as streams, lakes, ponds and sometimes on a beaver lodge. Its eggs are laid in a shallow depression lined with plant material and down.

    The incubation period, in which the female incubates while the male remains nearby, lasts for 24โ€“28 days after laying. As the annual summer molt also takes place during the breeding season, the adults lose their flight feathers for 20โ€“40 days, regaining flight at about the same time as their goslings start to fly.

    As soon as the goslings hatch they are immediately capable of walking, swimming and finding their own food (a diet similar to the adult geese). Parents are often seen leading their goslings in a line, usually with one adult at the front, and the other at the back. While protecting their goslings, parents often violently chase away nearby creatures, from small blackbirds to lone humans that approach, after warning them by giving off a hissing sound and will then attack with bites and slaps of the wings if the threat does not retreat or has seized a gosling. Most of the species that prey on eggs will also take a gosling. Although parents are hostile to unfamiliar geese, they may form groups of a number of goslings and a few adults, called crรจches.

    The offspring enter the fledging stage any time from 6 to 9 weeks of age. They do not leave their parents until after the spring migration, when they return to their birthplace.

  3. Oh – well I was thinking that the mom goose and dad goose are the parents. And you and Jean are – yes, sorry bout that. You are the parents to the whole kit-n-kaboodle. My bad……sorry. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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