I never cease to be awed by how rapidly birds progress from hatchling to adult. The Canada goose (Branta canadensis) goslings born in April already look like adult geese. Only their slightly smaller size distinguishes the juveniles from the adults. They must mature rapidly because in a few more months these young geese will begin their first migration. Before then, the youngsters must build up their strength and learn to fly with the flock. So much to do in so little time!!
Before leaving the breeding Canada geese for this season I will share a final picture of the young adults and parents taken at Baum Lake (Shasta County CA). I cannot call this a “family portrait” since Canada goose goslings intermingle and are communally raised with little concern for the original family units. In addition to being a little smaller than the adults, a few of the juveniles still exhibit remnants of down on their heads.
Until next spring. . .