These Canada Geese parents make herding a gaggle of goslings look pretty easy!
The chicks really blend into the grass so I had to wait until they took to the water to get a good pic. This couple has 7! I combined the rest of the pix into a YouTube slideshow below. One or both the parents swam with their head down. It looked like they were protecting the chicks from the other geese but I’m not sure. I read that several couples gather together after the chicks hatch. This is called a creche. I wonder if geese in one creche protect the chicks from geese in another creche?
My first thought about “community” was church because wherever we travel to workamp, we feel so at home when we attend church.
Ordinances are the same, lessons are the same, the spirit is the same. But I don’t have a current photo and it’s a “photo challenge”. Soooo….
These ducks live in a community on Eckman Lake, near Waldport, Oregon.
There were at least 4 or 5 different kinds of ducks that we could identify on this icy day.
By working together, they keep the ice from freezing over the whole lake.
There were smaller groups in different places and they’d fly or walk from one place to another. It reminded me of going to Crystal Hot Springs, Utah, in the winter 🙂 We’d walk quickly from the dressing room to the hot pool.
This duck seemed to be a loner. But then suddenly he joined the group. He decided to go see what all the fuss was about.
Most of the goslings, at Eckman Lake\AlseaBay, look all grown up!
Well, they’ve got all their adult feathers in anyway. If the adults weren’t there, to compare their size to, I wouldn’t know the difference. (kinda like teenaged humans)
There is a younger family on the edge of the grass. These goslings are solid grey. There’s one adult and 3 or 4 young’uns.
Mom and Dad Canada Geese raise their young together. Parents seem to live in a community too. Before the kids can fly, the parents take them out to eat when it is safe. Then they hide them in the tall grass to rest. I think the taller one is the male. Read more here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Canada_Goose/lifehistory
They are still too young to fly but they need to start exercising those wings so Dad shows them how.
There’s that domestic goose still hanging around. I wonder if these Canada Geese will stick around or if we’ll see a lonely, forlorn, goose one day?
The young ones take turns stretching and flapping their wings. They probably don’t even know why yet.
I don’t see the collared goose so I’m not sure when these hatched. But I’m guessing it takes a gosling about 3 weeks to go from all grey to full colors?
Don was starting to accuse me of seeing imaginary baby geese at Eckman Lake (on Alsea Bay).
So I thought it was really sweet of them to hang around so we could photo them today!
And LOOK at the collar on the one out in front! I’ll have to see if I can find out about that.
I’ve seen this domestic goose amongst the Canada Geese before. It is too big and doesn’t have the right plumage to be a White-fronted Goose.
Update from US Fish & Wildlife:
I got the scoop on the collared goose. Although the top of the collar is missing, it is believed to be 244R. They will still try to confirm the ‘R’ if it is not entirely torn off.
She is a long-time resident of Waldport. She is 19 years old now and was collared as a gosling at Eckman Lake in 1994. She was also photographed on the Chinook Winds Golf Course in 2011. Other reported sightings are right in the Eckman Lake area in 1995, 1996, 2004 and 2007. So she’s kind of a home-body.
Thanks to my friend Shawn Stephensen, Refuge Wildlife Biologist\US F&W, for researching her for me! (and for identifying the domestic goose)