It's All About The Birds

On my way home from somewhere, I spotted the corn field and all the Canadian Geese.

Now I know they don't have the best reputations personality-wise, but I think they are one of the most beautiful birds ever. (What I didn't know was the difference between migratory and non-migratory! Read it below.)

At first, when I got out of the car, they all stood up and began to retreat.

And then...

Do you see how some of the geese have moved to the back and how a few came forward?  It was as if the "front line" was falling into formation while others remained safely behind the lines.

just seeing, saying, and sharing...

It's All About The Birds

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(taken from Canadian Geese_Living With Wildlife)
Canada Geese
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Western Canada goose.
Figure 1. The Western Canada goose has a black head and crown, a long black neck, and white cheek patches that connect under the chin. The adult gander (male) tends to be bigger than the goose (female) and averages 30 inches in length with a 60-inch wingspan. (Photo by Ty Smedes.)
Facts about Washington’s Canada Geese
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Canada geese (Branta canadensis) are among the most familiar birds in Washington. They are a source of recreation for bird watchers and hunters and symbolize nature for many people. No one can miss the clear honking call of Canada geese when they fly overhead in their V-shaped formation.
Two groups of Canada geese populate Washington—migrating geese and nonmigrating (often called resident) geese. For a goose to migrate, it must be taught the flight path by its parents. Therefore, all following generations of nonmigratory Canada geese will also be nonmigratory, or resident geese, which will stay year-round in the vicinity where they were born.


Sandi said…
They are beautiful!

But they poop in our yard, so my husband always scares them off.

We have nothing aginst the geese, but as Sandra commented they do make a mess all along the riverwalk in Nashua. The fact that they are monogomous is jnterrsting.
Susie said…
JP, I love seeing one or two of those geese....but they come in abundance and make yucky messes. LOL. They are everywhere any more. Hope you are doing well. It's so winter like here today...some flurries even, no sticking, the ground is still warm. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
eileeninmd said…
Hello, I love seeing the large flocks of geese. Great photos. We are seeing some large groups here on the fields too.
Happy new month of November, Have a happy Wednesday!
I love geese. Yeah, they are poop machines but when they're grazing in a field like that, they're cleaning up residual corn and also fertilizing the field. That's a win all the way around.
MadSnapper said…
this is news to me about the two types of geese. wow, learning new things every day. that is odd how they changed up, like they were protecting the other geese.
They are the 'leaders of the pack' I guess.
Ann Thompson said…
I hac no idea some were migratory and some weren't. I always enjoy seeing them
Hootin' Anni said…
Wow, what an incredible flock!! The numbers seen are astounding. I really enjoyed viewing your images...& thanks for linking in with us at I'd Rather B Birding this week.
They have a survival method! pretty cool. Great photos!
Rambling Woods said…
Poor geese and their poop....Other wise they are such intelligent birds.. In the fall large family groups..related geese, all group together and travel looking for food or migrate.. ...Michelle
Lea said…
Great photos of beautiful birds!
Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Lovely to see them all in your photo's.

All the best Jan

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