For as long as I have been birding at Five Rivers, there has been a leg-banded Canada Goose present. It spends its time during the breeding season roaming between Wood Duck Marsh, Fox Marsh and Goose Pond. I've never been able to read the band through binoculars, so during this past week I walked along with, around, behind and in front of the bird to get enough images to be able to capture the bard number. It is paired up with another goose again this season, but clearly they are not currently in a nesting situation. I submitted my findings to the Bird Banding Lab at USGS and they sent back the following reply:
INFORMATION FROM OUR FILES: Species: Canada Goose Date banded: 06/25/2002 Banding Location: FEURA BUSH, NEW YORK, USA Age: HATCHED IN 2001 OR EARLIER Sex: FEMALEThis female is therefore at least 18+ years old. Tip your hat next time you encounter her.
Photos of the band are attached.