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Canada Goose and Wood Duck Families: A Joint Update July 1, 2009

Filed under: Animals,Birds,Seasons,Summer — saltthesandbox @ 4:56 pm
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Today I monitored Columbus Park birds. The best birds of the day were a female Baltimore Oriole feeding her fledgling by the baseball diamond. They were our first direct evidence that this species is nesting in the Park this year. (Go here for a full report.)

As I rounded third base and headed for the lagoon, I saw a bunch of ducks and geese feeding together on the lawn. They saw me, too, and by the time I got close they were in the water. It turned out that both of the families we’ve been following on this blog — Canada Goose and Wood Duck — were together:

The two-month-old Canada Geese and their parents stayed close and hissed at me. The Wood Duck mother hustled her six-week-old ducklings to the other side of the lagoon.

The two-month-old Canada Geese and their parents stayed close and hissed at me. The Wood Duck mother hustled her six-week-old ducklings to the other side of the lagoon.

As usual, mother Wood Duck headed for cover with her brood, while the Canada Geese were bolder. One Goose parent even hissed and swam at me, so I backed away. Safe on the water, the youngsters kept their wings folded — I don’t know how soon before they are going to fly.

The goslings are almost two months old today, and the ducklings are about six weeks old. As you can see from the photo, the goose family still had three goslings. Although there are only eight Wood ducklings in the photo, the ninth one was safely swimming with some Mallards.

For more photos of these families, check out this post from last week. Links to earlier photos are at the bottom of that post.

 

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