On the Sixth Day of Christmas


Day six gives us geese, and we certainly had a lot of geese laying this year.
Canada Geese are monogamous and mate for life.
Breeding season is usually between February and April depending on the climate, and occurs once a year.
A female will lay between four and nine eggs, the average being five, so we were extremely lucky having several clutches of seven or more here.
Gestation is 28 – 30 days, and these first pictures were taken in May.

What I didn’t realise was that young males are ousted out of the clutch at about a year and ‘hang out’ with other young males until it’s time for them to mate, which is about three years of age. Females stay within the clutch until they mate, which is around three or four years.
They all return to the same nesting site every year.

This is theirs and these…

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