All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Canada geese</strong> 
<em>Branta canadensis</em>
Canada Geese were re-introduced into the east TN area and they have found the lakes, ponds, parks, lawns, and docks very much to their liking. In fact, they like it here so much, they have bec...
Canada geese
Branta canadensis
Canada Geese were re-introduced into the east TN area and they have found the lakes, ponds, parks, lawns, and docks very much to their liking. In fact, they like it here so much, they have become permanent residents (or "pests" if they mess up your yard or dock with their droppings!). In the fall they honk and will fly around in the "V," but they don't go anywhere. Researchers often tag the adult geese with large neck bands and leg bands. One of my students once found a dead goose with a metal leg band. I sent the number on the band to the address in Washington D.C., a couple of months later I received a letter telling that the goose had been banded a mile or so away!
During the time the geese lay their eggs in March, they begin to molt their flight feathers. The parents are unable to fly for several weeks. They often lay a large clutch of eggs and start out with a big family. However, as the weeks pass, some of the goslings fall prey to predators such as foxes, turtles, and even large fish!
This photo shows the size comparison of the Canada gosling to mallard ducklings.

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