CANADA GEESE

CANADA GEESE AND GOSLINGS were enjoying sunshine and 60-degree weather at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday on a farm pond in Pomona. It was a pleasant morning to wake up to after several dark, rainy days. Upon hatching, Canada geese young have yellow down feathers and can walk and swim within a few days, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The goslings stay with their parents and do not leave them until after the spring migration. Canada geese can live to be 30 years old. The birds have a grayish-brown or tan body and lighter-colored underparts. The long neck and head are black, as are the legs and webbed feet. A white chin patch extends along the sides of the head to the ears. The giant Canada goose subspecies is a resident in Missouri and much of the Midwest.

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