Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Gaggles of goslings

Between the Minto Bridges and our house (not very far) I counted as many as 27 goslings on the river bank. I may have missed one or two because they were well camouflaged and were huddling together in families. It rained all night and for most of today so the grass was very wet and they seemed to be enjoying its taste:

Canada Geese are primarily herbivores, although they sometimes eat small insects and fish. Their diet includes green vegetation and grains. The Canada Goose eats a variety of grasses when on land. It feeds by grasping a blade of grass with the bill, then tearing it with a jerk of the head. The Canada Goose also eats grains such as wheat, beans, rice, and corn when they are available. In the water, it feeds from silt at the bottom of the body of water. It also feeds on aquatic plants, such as seaweeds. In urban areas, they are also known to pick food out of garbage bins.

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