|A Canada Goose gander|
While some Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) remained in Mid-Michigan throughout the winter, others are returning in large numbers or are stopping in the area on the way to their breeding grounds further north.
The ones that will remain in Mid-Michigan for the breeding season have started breaking up into pairs and dispersing throughout suitable breeding territory. This pair was foraging this morning in lawns along the Chippewa River in Mt. Pleasant. The gander (male) is very protective of the goose (female) right now. She was busy eating. He was busy trying to chase away anyone that came walking down the path through the park.
|Goose (left) and gander (right)|
|Adult and partially grown goslings (2005)|
|A goose (female)|