Messer Pond Fish &Wildlife

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)...



Nancy Stetson, 5-28-07


The following are excerpts from Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds":



Sex Differences

Sexes look alike.

Cool Facts


Breeds in a broad range of habitats from low Arctic tundra to prairies and parklands, including lakes, meadows, golf courses, and city parks.


Entirely herbivorous.  Eats variety of plant species and parts, especially grasses, sedges, grain, and berries.


Foraging - Grazes on grass, tips up to reach aquatic vegetation.  Feeds in flocks in fields.


Nest Type - Nest is a large open cup, made of dry grasses, lichens, and mosses, lined with down and some body feathers.  Usually placed on slightly elevated sites near water, such as pond edge or muskrat mound.

Egg Description - Creamy white.  Incubation period 25-28 days.

Clutch Size - 2 to 8 eggs.

Condition at Hatching - Covered with down and eyes open.  Leaves nest within 24 hours of hatching with the ability to swim and feed. Chicks fledge in 6-7 weeks.

Conservation Status

Populations generally increasing over last half-century.  Resident and urban populations are becoming a nuisance in some areas.


Please contact Water Safety & Fish/Wildlife Director, Jackie Parcells, with any questions or concerns




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