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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Branta
Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)


2 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Anthem, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Canoga Park, California
Sacramento, California
Crawford, Colorado
Delta, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Eckert, Colorado
Hotchkiss, Colorado
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Hull, Georgia
Coeur D Alene, Idaho
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Melbourne, Kentucky
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Oakland, Maryland
Milton, Massachusetts
Madison Heights, Michigan
Paw Paw, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Saint Michael, Minnesota
Conway, Missouri
Fort Benton, Montana
Beachwood, New Jersey
Woodstown, New Jersey
Himrod, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
West End, North Carolina
Gold Hill, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
North Augusta, South Carolina
Lubbock, Texas
Roanoke, Virginia
South Boston, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington

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Member Notes:

Negative audsrz On Dec 24, 2010, audsrz from Traverse City, MI
(Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful to look at from a distance, but they will hiss, bite if you get too close. We have them in the thousands every breeding season. Pooping on every sidewalk, taking over swimming pools, and over-running every golf course. The local airport has to send out ATV's to clear runways. They have little fear of people here and will not back off from your children. They might chase your kids if you don't warn them to keep their distance. Thank goodness they don't heve teeth!

Neutral DMersh On Mar 23, 2011, DMersh from Perth
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b) wrote:

Naturalized in UK & present in vast numbers, a common sight on rivers and lakes. Often lives in close proximity with humans and has little fear of people, can be mildly aggressive but usually only if closely approached. Far more common than native goose species & swans.

Neutral tlm1 On Mar 4, 2012, tlm1 from Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a) wrote:

These beauties visit us every Fall and Winter. Wonderful to see them walking down the street in flocks of up to 18-20 at times. Fun to watch traffic come to a stop for them to cross the roads. It's almost as if they own the place and know that everyone will stop for them. If you appreciate wildlife at all, then you will definitely enjoy seeing these beauties.

Positive HeidiKHandmade On Mar 10, 2013, HeidiKHandmade from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Passing over (and through) this area, these geese flock over to Vancouver Lake and enjoy making stopovers anywhere there are fields; they've quickly figured out that Hudson's Bay High School's track is fenced-in and crowd the infield. For me, the season hasn't truly turned until I've heard the Canadian Goose honking on its way from one place to another.

Positive Chillybean On Jul 31, 2014, Chillybean from Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a) wrote:

We see these birds year-round, but my favourite time is winter when they are gathered in humongous flocks in and around open water. I just thrill at the sound and sight of when they begin communicating before a mass take-off to other places. It is fun watching them bathe, sometimes they will flip over in the water, feet flapping in the air. Did you know that when landing from a great height, they will flip over then, as well? This is to release some of the air holding them up.

My thoughts of them are positive, even the summer breeders. We can be in a big city, near a distribution center and there are the Canadas with their young. It is a reminder that even among so-called progress, nature can find a niche. I have never run afoul with this bird but then we try to respect its space. They are not displacing any other birds in our observation. Maybe in those areas that we've already messed with?? There is very little that is natural about a golf course. But then among concrete, metal, fumes, the appearance of anything green can be refreshing, even if it is not pure.

With the wide destruction of suitable habitat, some birds are adapting to their new normal. If we continue on this course, all we may end up with are birds labelled as pests. And for those who complain about poop, think about what you do. It still is going somewhere. We do not see it, but the mass clean up of our waste is not "green" in any sense of the word.

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