Calling Canada Geese – An Earful of Autumn

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Day time temps have cooled off, mornings are chilly, the leaves on trees have changed colors and I can see that the mountains to the east are now snow-capped when I walk out my door. I can now enjoy autumn in the valley and a touch of winter in the high country. How lucky am I?

Adult Canada Goose calling in flight over a pond, Salt Lake County, UtahAdult Canada Goose calling in flight over a pond – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

It has been wonderful to have my windows open again and enjoy fresh, cool air but I like having my windows open for another reason, with them open I can hear the sounds of autumn on the wing. During the summer I don’t hear Canada Geese here at home but when fall arrives hearing them calling is a auditory joy for me.

I know, they are abundant and can be pests but I can’t listen to them without feeling happiness. I guess when you have been around them your whole life is can become easy to take them for granted but I haven’t. I’ve lived in many locations during my lifetime where I didn’t see or hear Canada Geese at all so I don’t take them for granted, I celebrate their calls. I hope that I will always be thrilled to hear Canada Geese honking as they fly overhead singly or in their V formations.

Life is good.

Mia

Canada Goose facts and information:

Branta canadensis

  • Canada Geese are large waterfowl with black necks, brown bodies, large, black webbed feet, black heads, white chinstraps and black bills. Males are slightly larger than females.
  • Canada Geese are year round residents to long distance migrators. Canada Geese are year round residents in the northern half of the U.S., some populations breed into Canada and Alaska. Some migratory populations winter in the southern half of the U.S. and Mexico.
  • Canada Geese thrive in many habitats including near lakes, ponds, marshes, bays, city parks, golf courses, reservoirs, grain fields, airports and areas with expansive grassy areas.
  • Canada Geese eat grasses, underwater vegetation, grains, beans, rice, corn, and some berries.
  • Canada Geese lay 4 to 8 eggs which hatch in 25 to 30 days. The female incubates and they are monogamous.
  • Canada Geese are often called “Honkers”.
  • A group of geese can be called a “string”, “plump”, “knot”, “chevron”, “gaggle” or “blizzard” of geese.
  • The oldest known Canada Goose was 33 years old.
2018-10-09T05:45:42+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Birds, Canada Geese, Salt Lake County, Utah|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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  1. Ken Schneider October 9, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Beautiful flight shot! We don’t have Canada Geese down here (except for a multitude of plastic decoys on our lakes, which serve as floats for lawn sprinkling system intakes). I will not forget the time in the Texas Panhandle when a flock approached from a distance and I thought they were a pack of wild dogs barking. It was a bit scary for a moment until I recognized them!

  2. Patty Chadwick October 9, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Beautiful image!!! I LOVE the wild sound of them flying overhead….stirs my soul!!!

  3. Joan October 9, 2018 at 6:30 am

    I live in northern California, recently as I’m up at night and walk outback I have been hearing geese flying high over. I always stop, listen and smile. I love hearing them calling in flight and wondering where their destination is. Mia, your goose is a beauty!

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