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The Geese have landed

Look around today and you wouldn't know that the Canada Goose was once an uncommon bird. In particular, the subspecies known as the giant Canada Goose was considered extinct until a very few populations were discovered in the early 1960's. Over-hunting and destruction of wetlands had driven them to the brink of extinction. Improved game management practices and extensive re-introduction programs were begun to stabilize the subspecies and today it is doing fine. Originally a North American bird, the Canada Goose has also been transplanted successfully to Britain and Scandinavia.

On Ship Creek today they were getting a little sun and a little food. They did tend to get the gulls and magpies a little stirred up, but after a bit they gave up. With it being a beautiful sunny day and the temperature getting around 45°, the snow was melting fast and making instant ponds. It was just too pretty not take a few shots, with a camera of course.

Comments

John said…
The other weird thing is that they were hardly known in eastern North America until the middle twentieth century, and now they are so common that a lot of places want to get rid of them. Sometimes wildlife management programs work a little too well.
Trixie said…
Finally, some melting! Yippy!
Dave said…
John - actually the lower 48 states & DC have an egg & nest depredation order to help control population.

Trixie - Yeah Baby!
robin andrea said…
Dave, that top photo is really quite beautiful. Nice to see things warming up a bit there.
Meggie said…
I commented to this post but don't see it...did I say something offensive? I mentioned the over abundance of Canada geese at my local park. Even the environmentalists don't know what to do.
Dave said…
Robin - Thanks!

Meggie - Dunno what happened. I only delete spam post. They are heavily populated in some places in the lower 48 for sure. They were here about 10 years back, but they are sort of under control now.