Hi everyone! Today we continue with the Canada goose. Their babies are called goslings. Usually 5 to 7 eggs are laid. Even though the Canada geese are wonderful and very protective parents, usually only half of the goslings survive to adulthood. They have a strong family bond and the young will stay with their parents for a full year until returning to their breeding location the following spring. They sometimes breed in their first year, but usually not until their second or third year. Goslings start communicating with their parents before they hatch. They have greeting peeps, distress calls and a high pitched trill which is thought to express contentment. Adult Canada geese have at least 13 different calls. The young start off with yellow down which darkens to gray fairly quickly. Feathers begin to grow within a few weeks and by the time the goslings are about half grown they are getting the markings of the adults, but paler. By fall they are identical to the parents. When swimming, the female goes first and the male at the rear where he can watch over his family carefully.
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Steve and Muffin.
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