The differences between individual Canada geese are often hard to distinguish, however, they mate for life and share parental duties so I often used the number of goslings in tow to know whether the geese were repeat visitors or new to the area. I saw multiple families during my time in Jacksonville, Florida at an extended-stay hotel with a stormwater runoff pond behind it. These pages describe some of the geese families who nested or visited the area. The last page contains Canada goose hybrids and close views of goose body parts.
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Two families were regulars at the pond during the summer of 2014. One had two goslings while the other had five goslings. The larger family had a male with a distinctive markings which I explain on the next page.
The two families late in late June (before the goslings have taken their first flight).
Both sets of parents were very protective of their young. The male of the larger brood would go after the goslings of the smaller brood so his young ones would get food. This is about as close as the two families would get. The near group is eating rice cakes I gave them.
This is smaller brood on the day I termed 'Goose turf wars'.
This is larger brood on the day I termed 'Goose turf wars'. Notice how close they are to each other.
Family of seven in water in lower right; family of four in the water on left; and four of the approximately nine invaders at the top of the hillside.
There was a whole lot of honking going on that day as the nine 'invaders' came to eat along with the eleven normal visitors.
An apparently well-fed gosling from the invader group. Its parents were makind sure it would survive.
All photos © S. M. Garver