[CT Birds] Diving Behavior in Canada Geese

G M ARCHAMBAULT gm72125 at bellsouth.net
Tue Dec 23 20:37:25 EST 2014


Recent report on Alabama's listserv, with video link, of this same behavior:  actually diving while bathing as opposed to the typical rolling over laterally.  (Searchable in the Archives)  -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama


On Tuesday, December 23, 2014 6:52 PM, rcg--- via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
 


Yesterday, 22 Dec 2014, at approximately 1430 EST, I observed diving
behavior 
in Canada geese (Branta canadensis) on the Millpond in Broad Brook, (East 
Windsor) CT.

I was so startled by this that I neither counted how many birds did this 
(guess 3) nor timed how long they remained submerged (guess 3-5 sec). These 
birds were not "dabbling" with their heads and necks in the water, and
their 
arses in the air ... they dove! One even took a running start, like they do 
when taxiing for takeoff, took a little "hop" and plunged straight down
like a 
merganser. They are quite buoyant, so they surface like a cork.

I have only found  a single report of this behavior.
http://www.geology.ucdavis.edu/~shlemonc/html/trips/Green/flogs/Halverson_ge
es
e.pdf

Anyone else?

rcg, Vernon, CT


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