Duck, Duck…Nope! Just Goose.

nest-birds1-gooseRight before spring starts, if you live anywhere near a pond or lake (small or large), early in the morning you may often hear geese flying through the air honking.  They are easy to spot because they usually fly pretty low, are larger than most of the common birds around your home, and they have a distinctive honk.  They kind of look like a bigger version of a duck. 

They are a large, soft, sometimes white bird known for producing some of the cutest children imaginable also known as goslings.  They’ll have these goslings by hatching eggs that on average come to around five or six eggs in their nest for about a month or so.  The interesting fact on this is that they seem to take quite a preference to their original nesting area, because unless driven away they tend to return to it every time they nest. 

Some people consider geese to be adventurers because they migrate with a flight range of thousands of miles, and in general, will begin flight migrations within months of their birth.  A resident Goose isn’t very common, but it does tend to happen time to time when they cannot migrate due to an injury they suffered or other possible unfortunate circumstance. 

Geese are a kind, loving bird that only attack humans when they think their young are in danger.  On a beautiful, pleasant spring evening, geese can be quite a site.  I love watching a family of them from a park bench or as they fly by in their typical v-formation as they migrate starting the month of October. 

Birds like Geese or similar go through a molting period when they are not migrating.  Molting is when they get rid of their old feathers to make way for the growth of their new ones.  They go through it at least once every year around summer for a short time of about two months before they are in the air once again making the wind in a group which to them is called a gaggle. 

If geese are encountering a predator, they spread their wings and begin making a loud honking noise to scare danger away.  If not successful during their time for molting they have to hope they are near water which may be why you see them so often near lakes and ponds.  A goose can dive quite far underwater, but even so most of their time is spent on land which happens to be where they get most of their food through the process of grazing. 

Some professional golfers can find geese a nuisance because geese prefer to eat the fertilized grass over just the regular non-fertilized stuff.  So for that reason, they can be found on a golf course every once in a while where not too far off a golfer is preparing a swing wondering why there is a gaggle in his way.

Geese are wondrous creatures and just one of many birds that I like to watch fly in the sky!

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