Many Canada geese raised their little ones within an a short radius of an extended stay hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. The photos on these pages were taken in 2014 and 2015. The first two pages show the fuzzy little ones growing into their mature colors. The subsequent pages show wing growth of the goslings.
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It all starts with an egg.
The eggs sit in shallow nests which are made with downy feathers, pine straw, and leaves.
(This is a different nest from the prior photo.) br>
Momma appears to be singing to her eggs although I never heard any noises. I saw more than one mother goose doing this.
(Goose nests are made close to water.) br>
Periodically the mother rotates the positions of the eggs.
Seemingly overnight the eggs hatch or at least all the ones which will hatch do.
The egg under this mother never hatched and she left the next morning with her two little ones.
Another set of day old goslings.
One day old gosling goes for a swim.
The goslings in the prior two photos are now 13 days old in this image.
I don't know if this helped the growing process, but I saw goslings (and ducklings) often stretching like this.
The gold-brown down is morphing to the adult color. Back is browner and a patch on its face is lightening and will eventually become white.
(Just like a little kid this gosling is oblivious to the fact it has food on its forehead.)
The bodies are definitely increasing in size.
All photos © S. M. Garver