The larger flock of Canada Geese have been here at the little farm pond on several afternoons and early evenings lately. They usually are on the nearby small private community lake. I have a theory that is just a guess. I think that because a pair of the Canada Geese are nesting here at the pond, the larger flock come around in the evening to help stand guard. I do not have any proof of this but it is a thought. We should expect to see goslings here at the end of the month.
Mr. Canada Goose stands guard by either being on the pond quite near the nest, or by browsing for food on the shoreline near the mother. At least once a day the mother does go out on the pond for a quick paddle, stretch, preen or groom, and eats. It has been my observation that the Canada Geese are devoted parents. Canada Geese take about 28-30 days for the eggs of their clutch of four or five to hatch. The goslings will remain flightless for about four months. I took these pictures here on April 8, 2012, and April 11, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!