Blog Archive: Geese

Birdorable Canada Goose

Baby Birdorable: Canada Goose

October 15th, 2018 in Baby Birds, Geese No comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr Creative Commons) of the Canada Goose.

Canada Geese sometimes get a bad rap as nuisance birds and they have a reputation for being aggressive. But these North American native birds have their place in our environment. And it's hard to deny that they are handsome birds as adults, and pretty darn cute as babies.

Canada Geese start their nest with a scrape, and then build a nest out of local plant material. The inside is usually lined with soft downy feathers. The female goose will incubate the eggs herself; the process usually takes 25 to 28 days. At hatching, the chicks are fully covered with down. They are able to leave the nest within about 24 hours of hatching. They can swim upon leaving the nest; flight occurs 6 to 7 weeks later.

Canada Goose Eggs
Cananda Goose Eggs by NottsExMiner (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Goose Babies
Canada Goose Babies by Duck Lover (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Adult Goose with Baby
Adult Goose with Baby by Don DeBold (CC BY 2.0)
Two Goslings
Two Goslings by Suchitra Photography (CC BY 2.0)
Baby Canada Goose
Baby Canada Goose by Duck Lover (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Gosling with Parent
Gosling with Parent by Duck Lover (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Family Feeding Time
Family Feeding Time by Jocelyn Piirainen (CC BY 2.0)
Birdorable Hawaiian Goose

Bonanza Bird #2: Hawaiian Goose

July 11th, 2012 in Geese, Birdorable Bonanza 2012 6 comments

For 22 days we’re adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2012. We’re counting up to our 400th species! Today we introduce the Birdorable Hawaiian Goose!

Cute Birdorable Nene

The Hawaiian Goose is the official state bird of Hawaii, where it is called the Nene (or Nēnē). The endemic species is threatened due to over-hunting and predation by non-native species like mongooses and domestic cats. Captive breeding programs are working to reintroduce the species to the islands, and there is hope for the survival of the species.

Birdorable Nene Crossing sign on Hawaii

People can help Hawaiian Geese by watching out for them when traveling through their territory, and by not feeding them. Geese that become habituated or even dependent on people for food are drawn into traffic or other man-made dangers.

Kilauea day trip--Nene Pair
Nene Pair by Makuahine Pa'i Ki'i
Birdorable Hawaiian Goose sample products

Tomorrow's bird is the national bird of Saint Lucia, an island in the Caribbean. Can you guess what it will be?

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Birdorable Greylag Goose

Baby Birdorable: Greylag Goose

July 3rd, 2012 in Geese, Baby Birds No comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr Creative Commons) of the Greylag Goose. Greylag Geese typically mate for life. Nesting occurs in loose colonies with cup nests built on or near water. Typical clutch size ranges from 4 to 6 eggs; incubation takes just about four weeks. Chicks fledge about five weeks after hatching; young birds remain with their parents through the spring migration following their hatching.

Baby goose
Baby goose by anemoneprojectors
Greylag Goose and Goslings
Greylag Goose and Goslings by Mike__Lawrence
Derick180408 046 British Birds
Derick180408 046 British Birds by Mick E. Talbot
Greylag Goose Gosling, Leighton Moss RSPB, May 2009
Greylag Goose Gosling, Leighton Moss RSPB, May 2009 by Gidzy
Gosling
Gosling by Keith Roper
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P6022686 by Hunter-Desportes
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p1180220 by shimgray
Goslings in the Daisies
Goslings in the Daisies by Keith Roper

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Greylag Goose t-shirts and gifts!

Birdorable Pink-footed Goose

Bonanza Bird #10: Pink-footed Goose

November 27th, 2011 in Geese, Birdorable Bonanza 2011 3 comments
Birdorable Pink-footed Goose

Today’s bird, and the 10th species in the Birdorable Bonanza, is the Pink-footed Goose!

Pink Footed Goose
Pink Footed Goose by Hilary Chambers

The Pink-footed Goose is a migratory species of goose that breeds in parts of Greenland, Iceland, and Norway. The species population has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, mainly due to extra hunting restrictions in their winter range. The Pink-footed Goose featured prominently in the recent birder movie The Big Year. Two of the main characters missed out on seeing the rare vagrant to the United States early in the film (and early in the big birding year). The bird appears again later in the movie as well.

Pink-footed Goose Products

Tomorrow's bird is a quail that can be found in eastern United States and is named after its characteristic whistling call. Can you guess what it will be?

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Birdorable Brown Pelican

New Coloring Pages: Brown Pelican and Greylag Goose

We've just added two new Birdorable coloring pages. The Brown Pelican is a large waterbird that lives along American coasts from Virginia south to Peru. The Greylag Goose is a common goose across Europe and Asia. Go to Coloring Pages to download these two new PDFs. You can check our Meet the Birds page to get some color guidance.

Birdorable Coloring Page: Brown Pelican
Birdorable Coloring Page: Greylag Goose

These downloads will be available until 15 June 2011. Check here for more coloring pages. Subscribe to the Birdorable Blog by RSS feed or by email to get notified when new downloads like this are added. Have you used our coloring pages at home, in your classroom, or at an event? We'd love to hear about it! Send us photos of the pages in action, or the final result - we may showcase them on our blog!

Birdorable Greylag Goose

12 Days of Birdorable: Six Geese-a-Laying

December 6th, 2010 in Holidays, Geese, 12 Days of Birdorable No comments

On the sixth day of Birdorable, my true love gave to me… 6 Geese-a-laying! Our 12 Days of Birdorable continues today with another brand new bird species: the Birdorable Greylag Goose.

Six Birdorable Greylag Geese-a-Laying

The line Six Geese-a-laying in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” may very well be referring to Greylag Geese. Greylags are extremely common throughout much of Europe. Greylags are also the ancestors of the modern domestic Embden Goose.

This is the sixth day of our 12 Days of Birdorable holiday event. Previously featured were: