Late last week I returned to Columbus Park to check on the families of Canada Geese and Wood Ducks. The five-week-old Canada Goose goslings were bigger than ever and starting to replace their downy coverings with some adult-like feathers:
The goslings are growing fast because they almost never stop eating. Even as they rest, they continue to nibble on green grass at the edge of the lagoon:
Unfortunately, I saw only four young geese that day. Sometime during the previous week a gosling was lost, perhaps to a predator like a dog or raccoon.
Here are four additional posts about the Canada Goose family:
There was better news about the Wood Duck family — I saw all eleven ducklings last week. When I first saw them, the two-week-old ducklings were resting in the sun beside some turtles:
Later their mother took them for a meal in the shallow southwest part of the lagoon. Of course, once she saw me, she called them together, and they headed for cover:
Here are two other posts about this Wood Duck family:
To learn more about how Wood Ducks raise their young, you can check these websites:
- All About Birds – Basic information about Wood Duck natural history, including nesting.
- YouTube – First of a series of videos of Wood Ducks hatching and leaving the nest.
- Wikipedia – Encyclopedia-style information about Wood Ducks.
- Daily Herald – Story about how Wood Ducks are becoming more common in urban areas.
To learn more about Canada Goose families, you can check these websites:
- All About Birds – Basic information about Canada Goose natural history, including nesting.
- Wikipedia – Encyclopedia-style information about Canada Geese.
We’ll keep watching both families as they grow, and we’ll post more photos on this blog.