Over a hundred Canada Geese (Branta canadensis -Linnaeus,1758) have made a permanent home for themselves on a small open pond-like area in Innsbrook's frozen Lake Aspen in front of our house. When not in the water they sit or stand (on one or two feet) on the nearby thin ice. As I approach them they scatter in a huge cacophonous flying circus. They routinelyhonk day and night. In no way can they be described as cute.
They have a black head and neck and a white chinstrap. Although striking to look at
they leave a fowl (or is it foul) mess behind them.
Goslings are born in the spring. The family unit seems to be quite strong.
Fledglings can walk and swim immediately. Predators of the Canada Geese include
raccoons, foxes, and large birds.
Earlier this winter we noticed two American Eagles pecking away at something down
by the shore. When they took a break their wingspans seemed almost 10 amazing feet
wide. During their several breaks they were immediately replaced by a red tailed hawk.
Jan confirmed later that they were eating fresh Canada Goose.
The American Eagles were spectacular and my hope was that they would not soon
tire of eating Canada Goose as we seem to have an inexhaustible supply.