The Only Child

On April 4th I discovered a cool spot for birding in Saco.  There was a pond filled with Ring-Necked ducks and some Canada Geese.  In the woods near the pond I found a cranberry bog.  There was a small island of piled rocks and there was a Canada Goose nesting there.  I checked back a few times over the past few weeks and when I came back today I found that they had a single gosling.

Now I don’t know a lot about geese and their breeding habits, but I looked them at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and it says the clutch size varies from 2 – 8 eggs.  So Its possible they only had 1 successful egg or that there were issues with predators, but its also possible they may have only laid 2 eggs and were batting .500.


Here is a video of the gosling foraging.

Also present at the pond were Northern Parula, Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Solitary Sandpiper, 5 Wood Ducks a Northern Flicker, Grackles, Red-Winged Blackbirds and Tree Swallows.


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