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Canada Goose - Branta canadensis

Canada Goose is the largest goose seen in Quebec. It spends the warm season in the Montreal area, and breeds along the rivers and lake shores. Quite territorial and defensive during breeding season, the geese join themselves in large flocks for migration in autumn.

Common Names

  • Canada Goose (en)
  • Barnacla canadiense, Ganso del Canadá (es)
  • Bernache du Canada (fr)
  • Kanadagans (de)

Taxonomy

  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Branta canadensis

Videos Behavioral Traits

Where & When to Spot

In Montreal area from spring to autumn. Canada geese arrive as soon as the lakes and river shores are not frozen anymore. They group up in large flocks during autumn before migrating South late October, early November.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Angrignon, Montreal 5 3 2 0
Park Pointe aux Prairies 2 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 7 1 1 1

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

Clearly distinguishable from other geese species with its brown body, black neck and head with white cheeks. The only similar species is the Brant, which is smaller and doesn't have the white cheeks but a white ring around the neck.

Photos

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Close up of head with water pearls

Park Île-de-la-Visitation - 2022-05-21

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Z TC-2.0x; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 2200;

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

A proud Canada Goose walking through a meadow.

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2021-05-16

NIKON Z 6; 70-200mm f/2.8; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f2.8; Iso 180;

Canada Goose Chick

Canada Goose Chick

Lazy goose chick grazing while sitting. Running around with its siblings may tired it but still hungry.

Park Île-de-la-Visitation - 2020-05-14

NIKON Z 6; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 160;

Canada Geese battle

Canada Geese battle

Canada Geese battle

Rapids Park Lachine - 2019-04-14

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 900;

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2019-03-16

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f9.0; Iso 360;

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2017-04-29

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 250;

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

mont-saint-bruno - 2015-05-17

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 70mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f5.6; Iso 200;

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2013-11-16

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 164mm; Exposure 1/160; Aperture f5.6; Iso 125;

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