Still Growing

This is an unusual year, in my opinion, for Canada goose (Branta canadensis) goslings. Normally it seems as though most of the chicks in our area arrive within a week or so of each other. This year Leonard and I are seeing goslings that are almost full grown, while other pairs of geese have fluffy little babies on the ground. We have no idea if our previous observations were inaccurate or whether this season the goslings are indeed hatching over a longer time span. Perhaps the spring rains flooded low-lying nests and the mated pairs started incubating a second clutch of eggs?

The earlier Canada goose goslings are still rapidly growing and no longer resemble those yellow balls of fuzz from about a month ago. It is amazing how much they have changed in so short a time.

These pictures were again taken at Baum Lake (Shasta County CA) and the Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA).

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