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    The signs of spring are here (actually it feels like summer today), I stumbled across these baby Geese in Bolton, Ontario this morning right across from the Canadian Tire. There was quite a number of them walking across the road and holding up traffic earlier but all managed to cross the road safely. See some more pictures below.

    Interesting facts about the Canadian Goose: During the second year of their lives, Canada Geese find a mate. They are monogamous, and most couples stay together all of their lives. If one is killed, the other may find a new mate. The female lays 3–8 eggs and both parents protect the nest while the eggs incubate, but the female spends more time at the nest than the male. During this incubation period, the adults lose their flight feathers, so they cannot fly until their eggs hatch after 25–28 days. Adult geese are often seen leading their goslings in a line, usually with one parent at the front, and the other at the back. While protecting their goslings, parents often violently chase away nearby creatures, from small blackbirds to humans that approach, after warning them by giving off a hissing sound. The offspring enter the fledgling stage any time from 6 to 9 weeks of age. They do not leave their parents until after the spring migration, when they return to their birthplace.

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    Comment from Marie
    Time May 22, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Great picture! Yesterday as I was on my way to work there were two geese with six babies on Humber Station Road. I stopped and tried to get a picture but the parents headed them into the woods for protection.
    I enjoy reading your blog.


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