Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Deja – came to us in 2011 as an adult. She was blown into a yard in Phelan during a storm and had an injured foot. She was very friendly and so it was thought she was imprinted and someone had her as a pet.

Canada Geese are herbivores and eat mostly grasses, grains, berries and skunk cabbage and can easily clean dry corn off a cob.

When mature, females may lay two to eight eggs are laid each year. The hatchlings leave the nest to follow mom into the water when they are 1-2 days old.  When Canadian Geese migrate, they form an impressive and aerodynamic “V” formation and they can cover over 1500 miles in 24 hours.

 

Their lifespan is about 25 years in the wild.

Canada Geese are found in every contiguous U.S. state and Canadian province. They are also found in Mexico.

 

Interesting facts:

  • 50 geese can produce two and a half tons of excrement a year.
  • These social birds remain in flocks year round except when nesting.
  • A mother goose loves manicured lawns as it allows for unobstructed views of her young.