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GIANT brood of Canada goose goslings

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  1. whistlerwhopper

    whistlerwhopper Refuge Member

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    I live by a lake in southern Ontario. Every year, a number of geese will raise their young in our area. Cool watching them grow up. This year, we have a pair of Canadas raising a total of 40 young ones, all pretty much the same size. Obviously not all their own. They all stick in a tight mass around the adopted parents. They must be collecting them from other nearby pairs. Most of the other pairs this year have small broods of 2 or 3, or none at all. Most I've ever seen before attached to one pair was 15. Just wondering if others have seen similar behaviour to this extent ?
     
  2. Mike0311

    Mike0311 Senior Refuge Member

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    I have not seen any young ones yet. I have seen quite a few large groups of geese here lately. Which is kind of odd.
     
  3. mpkowal

    mpkowal Elite Refuge Member

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    See this all the time. I wonder if Canadas can nest twice.
     
  4. Quarne

    Quarne Elite Refuge Member

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    @Mike0311 Those large groups of canadas are nonbreeders for a variety of reasons and are staging to clear on out of there and head North for the summer.
     
  5. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator

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    I see this every year across the street, on the river. I have seen as many as about 15 with two grownups. I mentioned in another thread, I think they have a 'daycare' type system, or something like that.
     
  6. OneShotBandit

    OneShotBandit Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    They are all over the Park here, too! Veal geese? ;) :l
     
  7. swifthunter

    swifthunter Refuge Member

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    The adults get super protective and will steal gosling from other pairs. Its a survival tool. If a pair of geese is gonna lose 6 gosling to predators that will wipe their young ones out. But if they steal 10 more young from a couple of other geese and they still lose 6 young then the odds are that at least a few of their own young will make it. I see it a lot in parks or anywhere theres a lot of geese nesting abnormaly close together
     
  8. Little Ruddy

    Little Ruddy Elite Refuge Member

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    Geese do a heck.of a job raising youngsters versus ducks. Ducklings don't have much of a chance from the get go!
     
  9. nobands

    nobands Senior Refuge Member

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    Never seen just a pair with with that many.
    Like Native said I do think they do a sort of daycare deal .
    See them at times with all the young of several different sizes all together with a pair then the next time several adults.
     
  10. wetlander

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    It's called gang brooding. A dominant pair or more will begin collecting other birds young. Good to have an aggressive dominate adult pair protecting the brood. Bad if the brood gets too large especially with a mix of older and younger goslings.
     

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