Any of various large, heavy-bodied waterfowl (family Anatidae), especially those of the genera Anser (so-called gray geese) and Branta (so-called black geese), which are found only in the Northern Hemisphere. Intermediate in size and build between ducks and swans, geese are less fully aquatic than either, and their legs are farther forward, allowing them to walk readily. Geese have a specially modified bill for grasping sedges and grasses, their main diet. The sexes are alike in coloration; males (called ganders) are usually larger than females. Both sexes utter loud honking or gabbling cries while in flight or when danger appears. Geese pair for life. Flocks traveling in V-formations migrate between their northern breeding grounds and southern wintering grounds. Seealso barnacle goose; Canada goose; greylag; nene.
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Species (Branta leucopsis) of waterbird that resembles a small Canada goose, with dark back, white face, and black neck and bib. It winters in the northern British Isles and on the coasts of Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to hatch from barnacles, and thus was considered “fish” and could be eaten on Fridays.
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Fictitious old woman, reputedly the source of the body of traditional children's songs and verses known as nursery rhymes. Often pictured as a beak-nosed, sharp-chinned old woman riding on the back of a flying gander, she was first associated with nursery rhymes in Mother Goose's Melody (1781), published by the successors of John Newbery. The name apparently derived from the h1 of Charles Perrault's collection of fairy tales Ma Mère l'oye (1697; “My Mother Goose”). The persistent rumour that Mother Goose was an actual Boston woman is false.
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GOOSE HUNTING; LAC QUI PARLE; Flight diverted; There still are plenty of geese at Lac qui Parle, but the wildlife management area no longer holds a goose monopoly that once enticed 12,000 hunters. That's because there are other good places to hunt Canada geese and the birds are now migrating later than they used to.(SPORTS)
Oct 26, 2005; Byline: Doug Smith; Staff Writer Watson, Minn. -- A lone Canada goose, fighting a stiff northwest wind, eyed our decoys scattered...
GOOSE NOT YET COOKED - BUT MAY BE FOUL LEAVINGS OF THOSE BIG BIRDS NAMED FOR CANADA BRING A CALL FOR THEIR CONTROL.(News)
Jul 02, 1997; Canada geese love Western Washington for the same reasons people do: great climate, lots of water, plenty of green space...