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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Well, I've finished moving and all I have to do now is to unpack(!). So here's another shot from the archives, of a bird I neglected to mention in my roundup of winter residents, the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). These birds are actually year round residents here and are often quite tame, allowing one to approach closely. Since they are grazers they often visit grassy areas such as are found along the oceanside walks and walkways. They are large birds and their copious droppings on the grass sometimes irritate passersby, especially (I suspect) those who have to clean up after their dogs.


Paul in Powell River said...

Guess it's goose day today, as i did one also. I've often had the same thought about irritated dog owners.

JoJo said...

OK I saw this after I left the inquiry on the photo from 1/4. Congrats on your move!

Several years ago Washington decided to deal w/ the Canada geese problem by rounding them up and euthanizing them. :(