Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Geese Goslings (POTD June 8)

June is a month of transition as most of the larger birds, Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, Mallards, have nested and had their young. Meanwhile smaller birds, such as Hummingbirds, Wrens, Swallows and Sparrows are just starting to lay their eggs.

Cute and Fuzzy (Canada Geese Goslings)

Some of the families of Canadian Geese had their young much later than others, as some of the goslings are already adopting the gray and black colours of their parents, while others, such as those in today's photo, and still small and yellow. At this stage it might be easy for the knowledgeable observer to mix up these geese goslings with mallard goslings. One of the quickest ways to tell them apart is the shape of the bill, not to mention who is watching over them.