A family of Canada Geese

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Canada geese photographed 05/02/2014 at Zaleski State Forest near Athens, Ohio.

Abundant throughout much of North America, Canada Geese (Anseriformes: Anatidae: Branta canadensis) are most often encountered near bodies of water. In the spring they’re commonly seen in family groups, with young and vulnerable goslings sticking close to their protective parents.

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Canada geese photographed 05/02/2014 at Zaleski State Forest near Athens, Ohio.

For the most part Canada Geese mate for life. After separating from their winter flocks, pairs build nests of plant material on the ground. A female typically lays two to eight eggs, and spends 3-4 weeks incubating them while her mate keeps guard against threats. After the eggs hatch the young often follow their parents for up to a year.

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About Jeremy Sell

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4 Responses to A family of Canada Geese

  1. momo54321 says:

    Cute!

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  2. So cute…little fuzzy ducklings. Are they as noisy as their honking parents? Or do they just peep, I wonder. 🙂

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  3. Jeremy Sell says:

    The goslings do peep.

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  4. navery101 says:

    Thank you for posting these; just yesterday I happened to see some babies…o.k…goslings:) So cute!

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