The Canada Geese of Greensboro seemed to have forgotten that their ancestors used to migrate to and from Canada. This generation is content to live in the Wal-Mart parking lot, along Battleground Avenue, and in Country Park. The neck bands are useful in gathering data on a given goose's travels and migratory patterns. The Bird Banding Laboratory has a 1-800 number to report the whereabouts of a banded bird (1-800-327-BAND). We have to chuckle because we're pretty sure K5H7 is content to spend the remainder of her life in Country Park. We doubt she migrates back to Canada. However, if you ever see K5H7 in your neck of the woods, please report the whereabouts of the sighting here, on Greensboro Daily Photo, (as well as calling the 1-800 number).
Canada geese, on average live 10-15 years. They can live up to 40 years. If you want to hear what one sounds like, listen here. Many people complain, especially owners of golf courses, as each goose can generate up to a pound of "poop" a day (times 20-30 birds times 365 days, wow!). If your yard has been selected for their waste dumping, you may can enlist the help of the poop patrol. Unfortunately, that particular franchise has not yet arrived in Greensboro.
We're sharing this with Camera Critters and Monochrome Maniacs. K5H7 is saying to me, "We're not going anywhere!" She was so tame, I got as close to her are you are to your computer screen. Ever notice how in a flock, at least ONE goose always has her head up to be on guard for the flock?