Monday, April 14, 2008

Canadian Geese

Entertainment today seemed provided by a pair of Canadian Geese (Branta Canadensis) foraging a lunch of early spring aquatic vegetation from the pond as we passed while out walking the Railroad Trail.



Show offs.



Canadian Geese are most easily identified by their long black neck, black head, crown and bill with a contrasting white cheek and throat area. They have a short black tail and black legs with black webbed feet. Males and females have the same markings. Friendly, these geese share the pond with mallards.

Mallards (Anas Platyrhynchos) probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks. A dabbling duck, the breeding male has unmistakable markings - green head, black rear end and a yellow bill tipped with black. The female Mallard is light brown, more speckled in color, with a dark brown bill.

Torrie and Clifford pause during today's trail walk.


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