Wednesday Waterfowl of the Week–The Wiley Canada Goose

Canada Geese are not necessarily Canadian. In fact, they quite often eat my grass, poop in my yard, and hiss at me when I come home from work–hardly the way Canadians act. Still, I like them. They raise their young in the man made ponds in my neighborhood. Lately I have been seeing them gathering in the ponds, apparently getting ready to fly north, though some don’t migrate anymore. They also raise their young around here. I often see the mostly gray lanky teenagers walking around with their families.

There are many subspecies of Canada Goose. One type was on the brink of extinction in the 1950s, but they have made a comeback, to the point where they are considered a nuisance.

When they do make their migratory flights, did you ever notice the V formation they make in flight? Did you ever wonder why one side of the V always seems to be shorter than the other? I know why. It’s because there’s fewer geese on the shorter side, silly!

About Scott

The founding member of Terra Cotta Music, Scott is a guitarist, composer, educator, writer, and avid hiker. His love for the outdoors, especially the beautiful trails of Sedona, Arizona has been a great source of creative inspiration. He believes that a close connection to nature brings comfort to our souls and spirits, and tries to capture and reflect that in his music and in this blog. You can email him at
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One Response to Wednesday Waterfowl of the Week–The Wiley Canada Goose

  1. Amy says:

    Lots of lessons to be learned from Canadian Geese! Very social birds with good organizational skills. (and they can be pretty mean when they want to be!)
    Check out this link for lessons …..