Today's Image

Gaggle of Canada Goose goslings?

View full sizeImage posted this week to EarthSky Facebook by our friend Ryong Lee.

An adult Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) has a brownish-gray body, a black head and neck and white patches on the face. It’s a North American bird – native to Arctic and other high latitude regions – it’s occasionally found in northern Europe. This photo depicts two newly born Canada geese, spotted in Vancouver by our friend Ryong Lee.

Did you know…

A male goose is called a gander.

A female goose is (sometimes) called a dame.

A young goose is called a gosling.

A group of geese together on the ground is called a gaggle. How many geese does it take to make a gaggle? We haven’t found an authoritative answer on that; answers vary from at least 2 to at least 7.

A group of geese together in V-formation flight is called a skein.

Therefore, assuming you consider 2 geese a gaggle, today’s featured image depicts a gaggle of Canada Goose goslings. Say that 5 times fast!

May 30, 2013
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