On the Sixth Day of Christmas

Day six gives us geese, and we certainly had a lot of geese laying this year.
Canada Geese are monogamous and mate for life.
Breeding season is usually between February and April depending on the climate, and occurs once a year.
A female will lay between four and nine eggs, the average being five, so we were extremely lucky having several clutches of seven or more here.
Gestation is 28 – 30 days, and these first pictures were taken in May.

What I didn’t realise was that young males are ousted out of the clutch at about a year and ‘hang out’ with other young males until it’s time for them to mate, which is about three years of age. Females stay within the clutch until they mate, which is around three or four years.
They all return to the same nesting site every year.

This is theirs and these precious eggs were in one of the many nests on the island this year.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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16 Responses to On the Sixth Day of Christmas

  1. colinandray says:

    Canada Geese have adapted extremely well to living with humans, at least here in S. Ontario. A young family of Canada Geese will often decide to cross a town road (“grass is greener” syndrome!), with the parents stepping into the traffic first in order to bring things to a stop. The “kids” will follow … and traffic will be at a standstill as they nonchalantly make their way over to the other side! They certainly take their time crossing and there are a few drivers that get frustrated and hit their horns, but the geese are not impressed and often just stop to see what all the noise is about! They are great characters! šŸ™‚

  2. joyroses13 says:

    Enjoyed the pics, Canadian geese are fun to watch! I never knew that about the males and how they get kicked out of the “clutch”. Interesting! Glad that they can find other males to “hang out” with at least, so that they aren’t alone.

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