Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese, Vancouver Island, BC
Canadian Geese, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Robert Logan

Vancouver Island has a large wintering population of Canadian Geese. This increases in the spring with migrating birds returning north. They are easily recognized by their distinctive coloring.

All Canada Geese appear to look the same, but did you know there are many types of Canada Geese. They differ mostly in size, as some smaller types weigh as little as 1 kilo with a wingspan of 90 cm. Some other varieties can weigh up to 8 kilos and with a wingspan of more than 2 meters. When migrating, the Canada goose V formation makes it easy to recognize them at a glance.

These geese are named after the country of Canada, but the species can be found all over North America depending on the time of year.

Canadian Geese adapt well to many environments, although they prefer to live in low-lying areas with lots of open water. They will, when nesting, often make their nest on an island in an effort to provide increased protection from predators.

Canadian Geese, Vancouver Island, BC
Canadian Geese, Vancouver Island, BC, Photo By Robert Logan

Did you know these geese mate for life, usually in the second year? Many pairs use not only the same nest each year, but also build their nests in the same area that their parents did?

These birds have successfully adapted to urban life. Their population in urban areas is growing. Some birds have lost their need to migrate and will spend their whole lives as urban birds.

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