Canada goose (Branta canadensis)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 16-25 inches Wingspan: 50-68 inches
Large long-necked goose
Black head and neck
White throat patch extends up to cheek
Brown back, upper wing and flanks
Brownish-white breast and belly
White upper tail coverts contrast with black tail
White undertail coverts
Great size variation, with some northern subspecies duck-sized
Immature similar to adult
Similar only to brant, which has a black breast, white flanks and a small
white neck patch rather than a large white throat and cheek patch.
Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 4-10
Length of Incubation: 25-30 days
Days to Fledge: 40-73
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Almost exclusively plant matter; lesser quantities of aquatic
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February C
Calendar of Events
Sky Meadows Park
Crooked Run Valley