Hello once again everyone! Today’s bird is a very familiar one here in N. America, the “Canada goose”. The plural is Canada geese, not Canadian geese as many people like to say. I did too when I first started getting an interest in birds. These birds can live up to 24 years and mate for life, which means until death, when they will then take a new mate. There are a recognized 11 races of Canada geese from the smallest called the “cackling Canada goose” which weighs about 2.5 lbs (1.1kg), to the Giant Canada goose which weighs 18lbs (8kg). They fly in their well known V formation during migration which helps them conserve energy and also to make it easier to pass info to the entire flock very quickly. They can travel up to 1,000 km (620 miles) in one day. They generally fly at 1 km high (3200 ft) but have been recorded flying at 9 km (29,000 ft). Although a water bird they will spend more time on land than in the water, feeding on grasses, broad-leaved weeds and various plants and berries. More on these birds tomorrow. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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