|BIRDS OF THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON METRO AREA
This goose can be seen on lakes and ponds throughout our area. This bird migrates to our area
from places farther north, so large flocks of Canada Geese are seen here, especially on Maryland's
Eastern Shore in the winter. The V-shaped flocks of geese and the "honk" call are familiar sights
and sounds, especially during the fall and spring migrations. Some stay year round and nest on the
shores of lakes and ponds where the downy goslings can be seen following the adults around.
Canada Geese eats a variety of grasses, sedges, and aquatic plants. They often feed on aquatic
plants by "tipping", turning head down in the water so only the rump and tail feathers stick out of the
water, while foraging on aquatic vegetation. Flocks are often seen in corn fields after the fall
harvest, where they eat the corn left behind by the harvesters.
Canada Geese and Ducks at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland
A pair of goslings, or baby geese.
A pair of geese on a Virginia pond.
The pictures below show a pair of geese on an unusually warm winter day in
February, 2008 at the North Tract of Patuxent Research Refuge. The goose on the
right is doing a dance, I expect trying to impress the bird on the left. During this
dance the dancing bird apparently beat his wings or his feet on the water, making a
loud thumping sound. The bird on the left did a much subtler dance with its neck
during the display.