The Canada Geese are particularly noisy right now, as they establish mated partners and set up their breeding sites. A few intense squabbles broke out as I watched the mated pairs interact on the bass ponds at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
The “before” photo — i.e., prior to the interaction that comes next. The larger male (I think) in the back of this twosome was on high alert as another pair of geese flew into the pond.
Male honking to declare this pond his. The raised mud pile the geese are standing on is actually surrounded by water. Perhaps it was a muskrat house at one point. But this might be the nest site they’ve chosen, and now they have to defend their territory.
You can tell the male (?) is getting increasingly belligerent. This is his territory; can’t the other birds tell?
The resident* (I assume) pair flew over to the pond to drive the interlopers away, honking continuously. Note the threat posture with the out-stretched neck.
Hmmm… the interlopers don’t seem to be paying attention, so the geese swim right up to them and honk loudly in their ears. Female (?) is making just a half-hearted threatening neck stretch here.
Now on the attack, but the “honk-threat-lunge” only scares off one bird of the other pair and he (?) only moves a few feet.
Final escalation — flying right at the presumed male of the other pair, and yes, he finally got the message and flew off. Notice the presumed two females sitting quietly on the sidelines while this male-male battle takes place. Typical….
Well, the other geese sitting around enjoying a quiet morning, got fed up with this belligerent behavior and took off.
Note: this post is not a comment on the behavior of any political candidates.