Canada Geese Chicks

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Last week we saw this Canada Geese family grazing along the banks of the Willamette River.  According to The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, male and female geese often stay together for life, and some one year old geese actually return to their parents after nesting season for a while.  They have strong family bonds.

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Newly hatched geese don’t need their parents to feed them.  They are already able to feed themselves, as you can see above.

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Also, like other water ducks and geese, they are covered with a down coat.  Other than the black beak, they don’t resemble their parents much at all.

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The male goose was being especially protective while we were watching them.  He was keeping a sharp eye on us and…

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…he was constantly contracting and extending his neck in our direction.  I took this as a threat!  But what were the geese so afraid of?

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The entire 3rd grade in my son’s school!  What a treat we had on the class hike through Maddax Woods.

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