I'm with the goose

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For many years, I had lived on the shores of a man-made lake teeming with Canadian geese and mallard ducks.
Distressingly, male mallards frequently gang-rape the females and even drown the female duck because her head is immersed under water by the weight of the male duck(s) on top. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown rocks at a gang of male ducks to stop them from harassing a female mallard. In springtime, the female ducks would sport bald heads because the males had plucked off their feathers.
Canadian geese however are monogamous and fiercely protective of their young. They will attack humans if we get too close, as the man in the video discovered.
~Eowyn

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  1. That is something I never knew about ducks and I’ve raised a few mallard’s. A shotgun would take care of that issue… Although I got a laugh over how a city boy handles a goose… Had a few of those to… That wing will leave a mark…

     
  2. I love geese…the best watchdogs I’ve ever had.Many mistake
    their behavior attributing human reasons for what is instinctual
    or territorial. My geese were imprinted on me…and would charge
    over at every opportunity to preen (that’s where they groom feathers)
    my legs for me…it tickled , but i appreciated the gesture and they
    loved the strokes of affection they got in return…. 🙂

     
  3. Oh, I love the part where the goose lowers her head and starts charging for one final assault. LOL! Great stuff. 🙂

     
  4. OOOOOOOOOOOH YEAH, WE had a canal right by our house in the Netherlands, and the swans always copped a nasty attitude. I wouldn’t mess with them . However, the ducks were very friendly. There was one I nicknamed Bud and she would come sit in my lap if I sat on the ground. We fed them all the time but stayed clear of the swans.
    WE even had a duck crossing sign on the main street in our little town, and one day as I drove through, a mama duck and her ducklings crossed right there in the duck crossing. It was funny to see that.

     
  5. Mom and the kids are behind the stand of rocks and park bench on the left…
    Another goose family (successfully) crossing the street.

     
  6. Yippee! I’m with the swan. 😀

     

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