Article and photos by Kathryn Mann
The Canada Goose can be found year round in many parts of Oklahoma. They are distinguished by their black head and neck which are separated by a thick white chinstrap that stretches from cheek to cheek. They have a white breast and sides. While male and females look alike, males are usually a little larger.
Canada Goose beside a small lake in Bartlesville
An adult Canada Goose is a large bird weighing about 22 pounds. They are almost two feet long and have a wing span of six feet. They can fly as fast as forty miles an hour.
Canada Geese can see 180 degrees horizontally and vertically.
Canada Goose about to take a dip
The Canada Goose often lives 20 years, and some have lived as long as 30.
The Canada Goose is a very smart bird. They have at least ten distinctive honking sounds that communicate different messages to one another.
Canada Geese do not mate until they are three, but then choose a companion for life that they become very devoted to. When one is unable to fly the mate will stay behind when their flock leaves for another location.
A curious Canada Goose looking at me photograph her
Canada Geese often fly in large V formation flocks.
The Canada Goose often lives beside lakes that are frequented by humans. They will hiss at people if they feel threatened, but can also be docile and ask for handouts of bread and other scraps.
A juvenile Canadian Goose
Canada Geese feed in water by dabbling their heads for water plants and algae, or graze in fields and large lawns where they eat grass, berries, and seeds.