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Wild Goose

Birds in the Wild

Goose swimming through water

A single goose is called a goose. This is a general term for both male and female.

More than one goose is called geese. This is a general term for both male and female.

A single male goose is called a gander.

More than one male goose is called ganders.

A single female is called a dame.

More than one female is called dames.

A male or female young goose is called a gosling.

Geese together on the ground is a gaggle.

Geese together when in flight is called a skein.

A Flock of Geese standing near a body of water

Pictured is a flock of geese taking over a horse field. When the birds first arrived there were only two of them. Their numbers grew from two to four and multiplied from there over the last couple of months. If these birds are not chased out of the field before the grass starts growing in the spring they will contaminate the ground where the horses graze. In order to get them to leave they must be scared off several times a day until they decide it is not a safe place to raise their young.

Close Up - A Flock of Geese standing in grass

Flock of geese taking over a horse field

Close Up - A Flock of fuzzy, featherless gosling swimming in a pond

Goslings swimming

A gosling standing and two other goslings pecking the ground in a feild

Goslings in a field with their mother close by

A Flock of geese in a pond with their fuzzy, featherless babies

Flock of geese swimming with their babies

Close up - A fuzzy, featherless gosling swimming in a pond with another in the background

A gosling swimming in a pond

Close Up - A small fuzzy, featherless, goslings standing in the grass

A goslings standing in a field

Two Cars waiting for a Flock of Geese to cross the street

People who live in goose populated areas will often find themselves having to stop their cars while the geese, that are either oblivious to the traffic or think they own the road, cross the street at their own slow pace.

Six Geese are walking down a road
Geese are walking down a road with a car getting closer
Geese are walking down a road with two cars getting closer to them

Geese often take over a field or yard, becoming a nuisance to the property owner as their waste builds up and gets all over. They often become territorial over the home they claim. Adult geese will protect their baby goslings from anything they think may be a threat to them.

Two Geese swimming with 4 gooselings between them

A couple of adult geese and their goslings. In a flock of geese the adults all share the responsibility of looking after the babies. A baby goose is called gosling.

Two Geese swimming with 4 gooselings in a straightline

A couple of adult geese and their goslings. Goslings can swim as soon as they hatch from their eggs. They are known as precocial animals, which are young that are relatively mature from the moment of birth or hatching.

Two Geese walking with 4 gooselings who are pecking the ground

A couple of adult geese and their goslings. Adult males, called ganders, tend to be larger than the females.

Four gooselings and two geese in the road with a bunch of geese across the street in the grass

A flock of geese with their goslings hanging out close to the road.

Four Gooselings and two geese on one side of the road and a bunch of Geese on the other side in the grass
Four Gooselings and Two Geese on one side of the road and a bunch of Geese on the other side

A flock of geese with their goslings hanging out close to the road.

Four Gooselings and Two Geese in the foreground with more geese in the background

Adult geese with their goslings.

Close Up - Four Gooselings and Two Geese in the foreground with a pond in the background

Adult geese with their goslings.