Canada geese may be just barely visible beneath a cover of marsh mist but their morning talk is unmistakable. Their communication is not just limited to their signature honk but to a medley of sounds as they wake to another day in another marsh.
According to Ducks Unlimited, Canada geese may be only next to humans in their talkativeness. Greetings, warnings and contentment are all communicated from the time a gosling is still in its shell.
However, as there are some humans who like to talk more than others, there are probably some geese who are also more talkative than the rest. I wonder if some geese put their heads underwater to get away from the
nagging chatter under the pretext of finding food.
Considering the amount of effort that goes into planning a trip abroad for a large group, it’s probably the communication skills of geese that allow them to be so successful in their migrations year after year.
Geese are known to share the responsibilities of leadership, especially in flight. Also, if a member of the flock is injured, two will stay behind to nurse it back to health, rejoining the larger flock together after it recovers. Any of these actions would require a great deal of planning and discussion. No wonder they’re so talkative!
Once the geese have breakfast, make their flight plans and leave, quiet returns to the marsh until the next flock arrives to spend the evening.
For more information about these beautiful and talkative birds, see Facts on Canada Geese at Ducks Unlimited.