Goose family (Anatidae)
Black head and neck, white strap under chin, grayish-brown back and wings, black rump and tail, black feet.
Lakes, ponds, meadows
Male and female mate for life. Usually nests on ground near water, on a slightly elevated site. Eggs are large, white. Clutch size – 2 to 8 eggs. Goslings are precocial, fully covered with down, leave nest within 24 hours, fly 6 to 7 weeks after hatching.
Call is a two-syllable “ahonk ahonk,” given in flight.
The genus name Branta is from English for “burnt,” in reference to the charred or burnt appearance of the bird’s plumage, especially around the neck. The species name canadensis refers to the bird’s main summer range.
In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident. Common at the Quarry Pond.