In addition to chickens, turkeys, and ducks we also raise geese here at the farm. This Toulouse gander lost his mate several weeks ago and has been acting out ever since. In particular he has been more-than-usually territorial. Not only does he guard the perimeter of his pasture, he escorts me when I walk across it. If I should stop along my way he stops too and assumes this head-down posture.  I have seen geese defend territory before, especially when goslings are around, but in this case the individuals vocalize first and then act out the rolling neck display in which the head and neck are extended, low to the ground, and waved back and forth. This head down posture is new to me – I wonder what he is trying to say?


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