More Goslings

Over the last few days I took many pictures of Canada goose (Branta canadensis) goslings. I posted the “limping” couple’s (a nest I was watching) three goslings yesterday. Goslings grow so rapidly that unless I share a couple more baby pictures now they will be out of the yellow fuzzy stage. Plus, the little goslings are so cute.

Canada geese usually brood between four and eight eggs. The one goose leading ten goslings most likely is an example of a crèche - or nursery group. Where there are many goslings in close proximity, the chicks get mixed up and form flocks watched by all the adults. They appear to take turns caring for the goslings. The crèche provides protection for the entire group and it is also a way for the babies to learn to get along in a flock.

When a family group is moving over the water, the gander (male) is in the lead with the female bringing up the rear and the goslings in the middle. While feeding, the babies move in and around the parents – and often there is an independent little gosling that wants to swim off by itself.

These goslings were photographed at Baum Lake and Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Shasta and Modoc Counties, CA).

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5 Responses to More Goslings

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  3. M.O. says:

    It must be nice to be able to enjoy seeing the geese. I’m glad that I didn’t offend you with my comment about the geese being a nuisance!

  4. M.O. says:

    Thank you for changing my perspective about Canada geese! I’ve thought of them as ugly nuisances in the past, but seeing these photos of the adorable goslings and learning about their social structure have really helped me to change my mind about them!

    • gingkochris says:

      How wonderful that you can look at Canada geese in a different light! Honestly though, I know that in urban areas Canada geese can be a true nuisance – noisy, aggressive and coating recreational sites with their dung. Thankfully, with thousands of empty surrounding acres, Canada geese are a joy, not a problem for us.

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