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Canadian Geese Molting?

Canadian Geese will lose their outer feathers and regrow new ones.  It’s when geese generally become a nuisance because they can’t fly away.  The reason I bring this up is because of a series of photos I took this past weekend.

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The very brisk winds near the lakeshore drove the geese almost directly overhead.  Not being one to miss the possibility of getting some shots I began shooting as they got closer.  When I got home and looked at the photos, I noticed the second goose from the left had some wing damage, which is more obvious in the next photo.

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According to http://www.wildgoosechasers.com/gooseinfo.php, the geese don’t molt until mid-June through mid-August, so it is too soon for the geese to be molting.  It could be damage from high winds or from other birds.  I’ve seen small birds pull the feathers from eagles as they try to fend off an eagle that has flown too close to the smaller birds nest.  Or maybe this goose lost some feathers while squabbling with another goose over a mate or prized nest site.

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No matter the reason it seemed able to fly.

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1 Response to “Canadian Geese Molting?”


  1. March 21, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Gorgeous – so gorgeous!


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