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Life on Distant Hill Blog ... Canada Geese

Canada Geese Return to Nest

'Mother Goose' is back, nesting at Distant Hill Gardens.
'Mother Goose' is back, nesting at Distant Hill Gardens.

Each spring, for the past five years or more, a pair of Canada Geese have nested in the center of the marsh next to March Hill Road at Distant Hill Gardens. I don't know for sure that they are the same two geese, but the nest is close to the same place each year.

 

The male Canada Goose standing guard over the nest.
The male Canada Goose standing guard over the nest.

Nesting Facts for Canada Geese

Nest placement for Canada Geese is on the ground, usually on a slightly elevated site, near water. They prefer a spot from which they can have a fairly unobstructed view in many directions. The female selects the site and does much of nest construction. She does all the incubation while her mate guards her and the nest.

 

  • Clutch Size: 2–8 eggs
  • Number of Broods: 1 broods
  • Incubation Period: 25–28 days
  • Nestling Period: 42–50 days

 

Question: How many geese does it take to make a gaggle? The answer, according to my Mac Book Pro's dictionary, is Five. And a gaggle is only used do define a group of geese on the ground. In flight, a gaggle becomes a skein, a wedge or a team.

 

The first known collection of specific names for collective groups of animals, including many birds, was published in 1486. Click for a link to a Wikipedia web page with a list of collective names for groups of birds and animals. One of my favorite group names is a 'Charm of Goldfinches'.

 

More than you need to know: In terms of salta gaggle is equal to eight fifty pound bags of salt.