The Geese Return for Another Summer at Bianchi Honda
For yet another summer, the Canada geese have made their return to Bianchi Honda, and made it a new home for their baby goslings! So far, we have observed two new gaggles of goslings. Our Internet Lead Specialist Kayla photographed our feathered-friends enjoying the sunshine and the company of their mother goose in the field near the pond.
The geese arrived for the spring around late March, early April, and the goslings hatched shortly thereafter. While Canada geese instinctively nest on higher ground near water, we have noticed the geese are particularly protective of the area right on the water hidden amongst the cattails.
As soon as the goslings hatch, they are immediately capable of walking, swimming, and finding their own food. They’re able to fly about a month and a half after they are born. Goslings do not leave their parents until after the spring migration, when they return to their birthplace. As adults, geese find mates in their second year of life, and are typically monogamous. Most couples stay together all of their lives, which turns out to be anyone where from 10 to 24 years old for wild geese.
The geese will roam the grounds of Bianchi Honda until their autumn migration, which occurs between September and November. Canada geese fly in a distinctive V-shaped flight formation, with an altitude of 1 km (3,000 feet) for migration flight. The maximum flight ceiling of Canada geese is unknown, but they have been reported at 9 km (29,000 feet).