14 Jun Feathers Make the Goose
Feathers Make the Goose
Everyone knows that feathers make the goose.
As a goose matures, it tries on different outfits (feathers, actually).
This begins with fluffy yellow down, as shown in the above photo.
But no goose wants to spend its life looking like a bathtub toy. So they change into something less vivid, as shown below.
Notice two changes: 1) The hint of black feathers on its face, and 2) The longer bill.
Next the goose experiments with a “teenage” outfit.
Teenagers always look like they are between where they were and where they’re going.
Now adult feathers replace the downy plumage that covered the young gosling.
Right now, this bird’s appearance wouldn’t impress anyone except its parents, who are undoubtedly proud of its progress.
Finally, we have the finished goose, ready to begin a productive career in a park or golf course.
If you know about an opening, please send a Honk (like a tweet, but more emphatic).
About the Canada Goose
A female goose will lay an egg every day (or two) until she fills the nest (usually 4 to 7, sometimes 2 to 11). Then she sits on the eggs. This way all the eggs hatch at the same time.
The new ones are ready to walk, eat, and swim within hours after hatching. Then the adults lead them to find food. And thus begins another generation.
Help Birds Tip
1) Never give people food (such as bread, cookies, or crackers) to geese or ducks.
Why: People food lacks essential nutrients that these birds need. So they fill up on junk that interferes with eating food that nourishes them. In the worst cases they can suffer dietary deficiencies.
2) Avoid lawn chemicals
Why: Geese eat mainly plants, which includes grass, “weeds,” and such. When they eat plants treated with pesticides, they become sick.
Here’s an article that tells more about why these chemicals are also bad for people: See Pest Control Chemicals
Julie Zickefoose’s newest book is a masterpiece of beautiful art and delightful storytelling. So I recommend: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest