What other bird says “Canada” to you? Maybe the loon? Well, how about the Canada goose? For the letter C, I am talking about the Canada goose! Check out the video, which includes some bonus video of a v-formation I managed to catch.
And here are the facts. How many did you know?
- This large goose is native to the arctic and temperature regions of North America.
- It’s been introduced to other parts of the world, including the UK, New Zealand, Argentina, and Chile.
- They are extremely successful at adapting to human habitation, so they are a very common bird around cities and towns, now having a population of between 4 and 5 million.
- There are 7 subspecies of Canada goose.
- They range from 75 to 120 cm in length and have a wingspan of between 127 and 185 cm.
- In most bird species, sexual dimorphism is apparent in the differences between male and female bird appearance, but the male and female Canada goose are virtually identical, except for a small difference in weight. Females are smaller.
- They spend their summers throughout Canada and the northern United States, but breed in the southern US and northern Mexico.
- Canada geese eat mainly plants, but have been known to eat insects and fish. And sometimes they scavenge from garbage cans.
- They fly in a v-formation at around 1 km in altitude, but have been known to fly as high as 9 km.
- Canada geese are monogamous, mating for life. If one dies, then they can find another mate. They’re very faithful birds.
Let me know in the comments below which facts you didn’t know about or were the most surprised about.
You know all those videos of people who get too close to a goose or swan, and then get chased? Well, I got pretty close to a goose. Watch.
Thankfully, the goose was fairly comfortable with people around, since this is a public park. I don’t recommend doing this, especially if you have poor reflexes or bad judgment. I approached it very slowly and never intended on touching it. I’m not that crazy!
With the recent news about the people in Yellowstone who approached a bison calf that had to be euthanised, it’s very important to tell people not to touch or approach wild animals. The goose I approached is around people all the time, and it was very unlikely I was in any danger. And I would never try to touch a wild bird.
Do you have any funny stories involving wild animals? Let me know in the comments below.
Softbank difficulties aside, it’s been a good couple of days. Yesterday, we visited a family friend’s house and their new birds. Check them out.
They have chickens, turkeys, and peacocks. I got to see a couple eggs, too. There was even a turkey egg. The chicks were pretty cute. When holding them, they kind of vibrated as if they were purring. But they’re not cats.
Today, after going to an interview, I took my daughter out for her first real ride on a bicycle. But first, more birds! A couple Canada geese sitting next to the pond.
And of course, my daughter riding a bike.
She started off pretty shakily. She couldn’t get any speed, and she had difficulty starting. But she got the hang of it pretty quickly. She’s a fast learner! She won’t need those training wheels soon, I think.
But tonight, back to trying to figure out the Softbank problem.
We had a surprise outside tonight. We were visited by a duck. A mallard duck. A male mallard duck.
Actually, make that two male mallards.
No, make that two males and a female!
And a rabbit ran by, too. Didn’t get a photo of that, though.
Ever since coming back to Canada, I’ve been watching the birds whenever we’ve gone out. My wife has been taking pictures, I’ve been listening to the birds. I’d like to find my field guide to birds of western North America and start birdwatching.
This is going to be a bit bigger than just finding the birds. I plan on taking pictures and posting them, but not on here. I’m going to start a separate blog for birds of Alberta (and more). I’ll just keep taking pictures and posting them, even if they’re birds I’ve taken pictures of before. I may take a very good picture that has to be shared. On that blog, I’m going to keep a checklist of the birds I’ve seen, and update whenever I find a new bird.
So, in addition to this blog, I’ll have the bird blog and an Edmonton Asian and burger restaurant blog.
What do you think?
The area that we live in now has plenty of wildlife. We’re close to the edge of the city, as well as near a ravine with plenty of trees and a small creek. But running around the neighbourhood, there are many rabbits.
It seems that we see rabbits daily. We even saw four rabbits in one spot. They’re also many different colours. And they are huge. These are not the cute little fluffy ones, these are cat-sized.
They aren’t the only mammals around. Although we haven’t seen any yet, it’s possible to encounter deer, foxes, skunks, and coyotes. We saw a muskrat, though.
Birds are plentiful, too. Lots of ducks (mainly mallard), Canada geese, magpies, crows, pigeons, chickadees, robins, sparrows, and gulls. I’m looking forward to finding my old bird field guide and going birdwatching.
Whet animals live around where you live? Let me know in the comments below.
Today, we took a walk to the Mill Creek Ravine, which runs toward the North Saskatchewan River. It’s a long park system in a valley, sometimes deep in places. But we were at the farthest tip from the river valley. I took a few pictures. Enjoy!