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The Canadian geese the waterfowl that make Utah their home year round birds in flight while it snows to groups of geese that band together in the coldest weather looking for small areas of open water in frozen ponds to rest before they fly out to open fields looking to feed and then back to the ponds safety. Northern Utah also has many marshes and wetlands around the Great Salt Lake and because of that it makes for a great nursery with many groups of nesting Canada Geese nowhere else in Utah ha
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Photo 1. Canadian Goose 2216 ( Branta Canadensis ). A Canadian goose has made its nest on a small island in a marsh you can see the small sticks and twigs it gathered to build its nest. They also line the inside of the nest with soft down feathers from its chest.
Photo 2. Canada Goose 8358 ( Branta canadensis ). Canadian Geese nesting pair making a nest in a man made nesting box.In the local Bird Refuges and farmers ponds naturalists and bird enthusiast help the Canadian Geese out by building man made nesting boxes to keep the birds out of predators like the coyote and fox’s way.
Photo 3. Canada Goose 8357 ( Branta canadensis ). Canadian Geese nesting pair making a nest in a man made nesting box.The nesting pair will both protect the nest but the female will spend most of the time on the nest the male will give her a break every now and then.
Photo 4. Canadian Geese 2637 ( Branta Canadensis ). Early May 2016 spring is here and the Canadian Geese have had there young! its training time now.At the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge a federal facility the largest refuge in northern Utah there is a large pond that gives the geese a safe place to teach the young the ways of the marsh.
Photo 5. Canada Goose 6793 ( Branta canadensis ). Nesting pair of Canadian Geese takes the family out for a walk.The Farmington Bay Bird Refuge a smaller refuge has more farming ground around it so the geese end up on more dry ground with their young.
Photo 6. Canada Goose 6035 ( Branta canadensis ). Canadian Geese set to land in the only open water on a farmers stock pond.Stock ponds that have natural springs flowing into them have a better chance of not freezing completely during the coldest weather and that attracts the waterfowl and concentrates the birds in a small area.
Photo 7. Canada Goose 5870 ( Branta canadensis ). Canadian Geese walking on a frozen pond.There are two ways to get from one end of a frozen pond to the other walk or fly! This group decided to walk.
Photo 8. Canada Goose 3474 ( Branta canadensis ). A pair of Canadian Geese takes flight along a local River.Since Canadian Geese mate for life you will often see the pairs flying together up and down the waterways.
Photo 9. Canada Goose 2297 ( Branta canadensis ). Canadian Geese land in the only open water on a farmers stock pond.When ponds freeze waterfowl like the Canadian Geese and local ducks come together in any open water they can find Nature always finds a way.
Photo 10. Canada Goose 2266 ( Branta canadensis ). A lone Canadian goose lands in the only area of this farm pond on a foggy December morning.Canada Geese are very adaptable to the changing wetlands the more people build around the marshes the more the geese start to invade and take over ponds of golf courses and parks they are a bird that will not be deterred.
Photo 11. Canada Goose 2063 ( Branta canadensis ). Canadian Geese pair prepares a nesting spot.The Canadian goose uses reeds and cattails to build a platform to make its nest on.
Photo 12. Canada Goose 1607 ( Branta canadensis ). Canadian Geese rest on a River as the sun sets.Wherever there is water there’s a good chance you will find Canada Geese Rivers and reservoirs.
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