Barefoot in Suburbia

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Outdoor Hour Challenge–Ducks vs Geese September 30, 2010

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This week’s study was on ducks vs geese.  We’ve seen both of these all summer long, so we thought this one would be an easy one to get pictures for…boy were we wrong!  Central Ohio’s having a bit of a drought and an odd weather pattern, so the geese that have been hanging around since the first signs of spring, were nowhere to be found in the past couple weeks!  We heard them overhead a few times, but we didn’t see them on the ground anywhere!  So, we had to pull in a lot of what we’ve observed over the past several months, as well as using some pictures I had taken earlier in the year to make our comparisons. 

Some ducks at the ice cream factory we visited a couple weeks ago.

Canadian Geese at the arboretum earlier this summer

Here are some of the things we discussed about the ducks and geese:

Similarities:

-Both are found near water

-Both are birds, with feathers, bills, and webbed feet

-They can exist in the same small piece of land without being aggressive

Differences:

Sound: Geese honk loudly with a higher pitched sound, ducks quack more softly and in a lower tone.  Geese tend to honk while they are flying and are pretty quiet on land, and ducks tend to quack while walking around on the land.

Appearance: Geese are black and white, while some ducks are white, some are green and grey, and some are greyish brown

Size: Geese are much larger, with longer necks and legs.  Ducks are much smaller, have a short neck compared to their body, and have short legs.

Gait: Geese do not waddle when they walk as much as ducks do

Feeding: Geese don’t stick their faces in the water much when they eat.  They walk around on the land around the water, eating out of the grass.  Ducks feed mostly in the water.

How they fly: Geese fly in a V formation higher in the sky, while ducks seem to fly quite a bit lower and not always in a formation.

Size of flock: Every time we saw the geese, they were in larger flocks, whereas we did observe ducks in pairs instead of large flocks at times

And here are a few pictures I took while we were on our nature walk trying to find more geese to watch:

Here is the retention pond the geese liked to hang out at all spring and summer. There are none to be found there in the past few weeks.

Beautiful Autumn sky

The frogs are back in our little backyard pond!

Closeup of the little guy

The smaller frog swimming around

It's hard to believe this cornfield next door to us was just bright green a couple weeks ago!

Even the corn is dried up

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One Response to “Outdoor Hour Challenge–Ducks vs Geese”

  1. I think you did a great job on this challenge even though you didn’t get to see any geese this week. Your list of similarities and differences is awesome. I hadn’t thought of “size of flock” yet…that is a really good one. We rarely see geese in pairs but either big families or groups.

    Thanks for sharing your link (I fixed it for you.)


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