A lone, Canadian Goose?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by WriterofWords, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    We have had one lone goose flying over our portable all day calling over and over for the group it was with I guess. It has landed a couple of times right outside my window, takes a break, then up it goes, circling the school honking at the top of it's lungs. We don't usually see geese around here, the kids are fascinated with it. My concern though is will it catch up with it's group? How did it end up in Southern NM alone? The darn bird is massive, I don't know male from female with geese so I can't tell you that info. But do they usually fall out and hang around an area like this?
     
  2. AuberyMirkwood

    AuberyMirkwood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm from Clovis and No it is very unusual for one to get that lost. Maybe it was sick and got let behind? It'll leave when the next group flies through.
     
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    That is what I was thinking, it got sick or hurt and got left to heal or get well?
     
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have park geese, he may settle in with them. We don't get a lot of them around here, either.
     
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    lol No, we don't have parks let alone geese! We are desert community, no water or anything they would find attractive.
     
  6. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are up north in Wisconsin when we get a single geese on our ponds it stays around till the next flock comes over. The thing is I have seen pairs or mates and one of them ends up disappearing or killed I am sure and the lone mate fly/stick around for a week before taking off with another group sadly you can tell its.looking for its mate [​IMG] You also might have a juvenile or first timer who just got lost. As long as you get another flock come over soon it should be fine.
     
  7. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I've never see the geese fly over us, that is one reason I'm so surprised it's here. When I left school it was standing near one of the portables.
     
  8. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have geese around the reservoirs. At one, there always seems to be three Canada geese. One disappeared (possibly stolen and eaten by a human), but then a baby one shows up. Once, a group of cacklers showed up, but left. Not long ago, we had a small flock fly over in classic V formation, heading east. Many geese stop at the Salton Sea.

    We're closer to the ocean and get salt water geese like brant, usually.
     
  9. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    We got flocks of birds flying over head, we love to watch them switching positions, trading leaders, etc. This is the first goose though, it's a beautiful bird! I have geese that live near me, I hear them all the time, I'm about 2 miles from the school. I keep hoping it will find a group going it's way or find someplace to Winter here that is safe.
     
  10. This_chicks_place

    This_chicks_place Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thought you might enjoy this! [​IMG]



    Next
    fall, when
    you see Geese
    heading South for
    the Winter, flying along
    in V formation, you might
    consider what science has dis-
    covered as to why they fly that way:
    as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an
    uplift for the bird immediately following. By
    flying in V formation the whole flock adds at least
    71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.



    When
    a goose falls
    out of formation,
    it suddenly feels the drag
    and resistance of trying to go it alone
    and quickly gets back into formation to take
    advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.



    When
    the Head Goose
    gets tired, it rotates back
    in the wing and another goose flies point.



    Geese
    honk from behind to
    encourage those up front to keep up their speed.


    Finally,
    and this is important,
    when a goose gets sick, or is
    wounded by gunshots and falls out
    of formation, two other geese fall out with that
    goose and follow it down to lend help and protection.
    They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until
    it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation
    to catch up with their group.
     

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