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Discussion in 'Nature' started by Yeats, May 8, 2013.

  1. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    So cute. My daughter was out today with her painting class and she said there were geese with babies in the park she was painting in. Said they all had to be careful where they walked :D. The parent geese were very protective. You can see that here how they surround the babies.
     
  2. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
  3. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    Yes. In fact, last week I was hunkered down in the weeds photographing them, and they decided to walk back to the lake. One of the parents spread his/her wings and charged me. I got up and hurriedly vacated my spot...
     
  4. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Unfortunately these are Canada Geese ......... pests ......... big evil birds
    100 birds were introduced into the UK around the 17th century, now there are maybe 100,000 ........ they have spread throughout Europe ........ they ruin natural environment ........ attack other water birds and destroy their habitat as they dominate
    They crap all over parks, make walking dangerous, they spread disease and damage crops

    The UK wildlife act protects birds and they are protected in France .......... they should be severely culled by shooting ........ Canada, please take them back

    Quote from the UK Wildlife Trusts

    "Canada Geese can be a serious pest, nosily flocking at park lakes, decimating crops and leaving large quantities of excrement. But out on lakes and reservoirs, they can mostly live without cause for concern. The Wildlife Trusts work with pest controllers to find the most wildlife-friendly solutions to some of our everyday problems. You can help by avoiding feeding these birds at local parks and rivers"
     
  5. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Most of Canada has the sense to send the darned things out of the country for the winter, we're stuck with them all the year round.

    Barrie
     
  6. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Barrie, I seem to see them all over the place these days ........ last week at the Keyhaven Reserve on the Solent there was a couple around a small Lagoon and one of the "twitchers" asked me if I had seen a "long necked" or was it "short necked" bird as apparently this is a rare bird ....... no idea what he was talking about.

    Must ask my French neighbour if you can eat Canada Geese ........ he will know as that's his speciality, eating that is!!


    (Hoopoe in the garden yesterday following me around as I mowed and the Golden Orioles have arrived)
     
  7. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Bill,

    There are some 11 subspecies of Canada Geese with considerable variation in size and recognisable in the field. Our introduced ones are mostly the nominate race canadensis so any that are noticeably smaller are likely to be a genuine vagrant to Europe, possibly no more than one or two per annum.

    Are you trying to make me jealous with your garden sightings, if so you've succeeded!

    Barrie
     
  8. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    The cute little ones grow up to be nuisance adults, just like many humans!
     
  9. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    "One Goose eats 2-3 pounds of grass a day and deposits approximately 1-2 pounds of droppings. It is estimated that the 3 million plus Canada Geese in the United States dump 1.8 billion pounds of droppings"
     
  10. Cute crew.