Nature Study #44 and #45 ~ Mallards and Geese

Hello guys!

Every Wednesday that it suits, our family and a family from church get together for nature study. We study tons of things; grasshoppers, mulberries,ย  quartz, even poison ivy! I chose to show you two recent studies we’ve done. One’s on Canadian Geese and one’s on Mallard Ducks. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have photos of them, and at the end I’ll show you my pages in my nature notebook. ๐Ÿ˜€ Let’s start with the ducks. Here are some things I’ve learned.

The female takes care of the eggs and then the ducklings completely by herself. She is very protective over them.

The maleย  Mallard has a greenishย iridescent head.ย  He also has little tail-feather curls that are quite noticeable.

The mallard ducklings follow their mom everywhere. They are VERY FLUFFY. ๐Ÿ˜›

The female mallard is the only one that quacks! The male makes more of a rasping sound. Both ducks have blue patches on their wings, but sometimes the male’s blue patch is covered by his feathers. The male has a yellow bill while the female has a more black bill.

Here is my notebook page.

Now for the Canadianย geese.

Geese tongues are actually quite… mammal-like. If you’ve seen a baby robin or most other birds you can see that they have pointy, hard-looking tongues.

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The male Canadian geese can be extremely aggressive and protective (he’s the tall one in the photo).

The geese often return to the same nesting place year after year (they have mates for life).

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They lay 5-10 eggs! Think about it, a kind of dove lays two eggs, and they are much smaller than geese eggs. And then, the eggs hatch into fluffy goslings! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Canadian geese eat seeds, insects, and aquatic plants.

And my page I did about them.ย  I TRIED to make it stand up, but it wouldn’t. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


I was super happy when I remembered the photos I had taken of the geese andย goslings last year! They are with myย old camera, and thus worse quality, but much better than nothing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you like ducks or geese better?

Would you like to see more posts like this? If so, then on which of these topics: Spring Blubs/Spring Flowers, Bumblebees, Pussy Willow, Salamanders, or worms? ๐Ÿ™‚ Comment to tell me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Megan's butterfly sign-off

Does anybody know how hard it is to make an inchworm making another inchworm? ANYBODY? XD

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30 thoughts on “Nature Study #44 and #45 ~ Mallards and Geese

  1. Oooh, that’s so cool! It looks like fun! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the drawing of the geese. ๐Ÿ˜€

    -Clara โค
    P.S: So, you have inchworms making inchworms, hmm? Could that possibly be related to Inchy B? HMMM? xD ๐Ÿ˜›

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  2. Wooow!! Sooo neat! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t know that stuff! QUESTION!!! Why in the world did you have ‘turtles are nice’ on the first notebook page ‘about’ ducks? XD ๐Ÿ˜› xD Haha!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved it though!! ๐Ÿ˜€ You should do some on Bumble bees and Salamanders! ๐Ÿ˜‰ What happened to Carmen’s guest posts?? ๐Ÿ˜•

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  3. Your photos are gorgeous! My mother used to be a biologist so she knows a lot about ducks too and always make me name what type they are when we see them in ponds. I think you should talk about salamanders next ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Anna

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  4. Why isn’t anyone mentioning the goslings and geese too?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I’m am practically a goose girl, because I love them so much. ๐Ÿ˜€ (Although, I like ducks too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Perhaps, bumblebees?

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