Baby Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere!

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As much as I love going to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and SeaWorld, there’s still nothing like seeing wildlife in the wild. Except I’m pretty sure that I would not want to see a mountain lion mommy and her little one while I was out hiking by myself. Nonetheless……….

I remember when I stumbled upon my first Canada Goose here in San Diego in 1996. I thought the poor thing had a serious deficiency in its map-reading skills (GPS wasn’t on the scene yet). Thirteen years later and I know that the Canada Goose is resident in all the lower 48 States as well as Canada.

In the 38 years I lived in Texas, I never saw a Canada Goose in the wild, yet the whole state is covered with “I live here in the Winter” blue in my National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America. San Diego is covered in the same winter blue, but I can tell you that there are many Canada Geese that live here year round, such as the two in the following flash video. They have been here for several years, rain or shine, hot or cold, winter or summer:

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I suspect the same is true up in the Los Angeles area. It definitely is not winter in L.A. yet when I was at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia a few days ago for my 19th anniversary, the only bird more prevalent than the peacock was the Canada Goose.

Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Baby Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Following are three flash videos of the Canada Geese at the L.A. Arboretum, including two little babies with mommy and daddy.

Remember that birds don’t have nationalities, so the plural of Canada Goose is Canada Geese, not Canadian Geese.

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19 thoughts on “They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere!

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I didn’t mean to imply that I had seen a mountain lion mommy and her little one, only that I would not want to see them if I were out hiking by myself. I edited that paragraph to make it clearer. Thanks!

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  1. bearspawprint

    We have Canadian Geese living here in North Florida. When I was in junior high (middle school, now) in a small town in south west Oregon, the high school team was named The Honkers and the junior high team was The Goslings. — Bear

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  2. laurie27wsmith

    I like geese, slowly roasted with honey sauce, only because of an unfortunate incident when I was five. On a family trip to a local ruined Abbey in England I needed to pee badly, “Go down there behind that wall and do it.” says mother. Now you don’t have a lot to brag about when you’re that age. The resident goose thought it was, I don’t know a worm or something? A sad ending indeed and yes it was VERY painful. I now appreciate them from a distance or a plate.
    Laurie.

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  3. stregajewellry

    I do love geese. They are always her on the Miami River in Dayton. Since all I have to do to go to the river is cross the street, I get to see them all the time. Sometimes, they come right into he yard and hang around. We have to be careful how fast we drive, not only looking out for children in the road but geese.

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  4. ContentRambler

    We get a pair of Canada geese near our home from time to time (in the Netherlands…). Not right now though. The mute swans guard their territory jealously – they need to feed their little ones.

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  5. disperser

    I like them at a distance . . . they are prodigious crapping machines, and one could easily gain a couple of inches in height walking around a golf course infested with them . . .

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  6. Dennis Robinson

    In appearance, a “resident” Canada goose is identical to a migrant. The only differences between a resident and migrant are that the resident breeds in the United States and does not migrate. The “acid test” to determine residency is the presence of nests and goslings in the contiguous United States during the spring breeding season. There are an estimated 5 million resident geese and just 2 million migrant Canada geese in the continental US today.

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