The goose

goose bird
   The goose is a family of aquatic birds related to the duck and the swan. The goose is naturally less confined to the water than the duck and is vegetarian in diet. The goose is larger than the duck. Its legs are placed farther forward. In Europe, especially in Germany, the domestic goose holds the place of the turkey in America. It is the descendant of the European wild goose. Its quills or stout wing feathers were long used for pens. There are some even yet who will write with no other Live goose feathers, that is, feathers plucked from the living birds, make the softest feather beds and pillows.

   The common American or Canada goose is a noble game bird, ranking with the wild turkey. Its "honk, honk," as a long v-shaped line led by an old gander fang the air on the way northward, is one of the first signs of spring; and, when still longer lines of wild geese go south, the northern farmer feels that winter is upon him. The breeding grounds of the wild goose are retreating farther and farther north in British America before the advance of settlements. Hunters in the north-western wheat-growing region, particularly in the Red River Valley, still count on sport during the autumn migration. They shoot the geese on the wing, frequently from pits or booths made in the passes usually traversed by the low-flying geese on the way to or from some lake where they are wont to rest at night to the stubble field where they glean by day under the guard of sentinels. Wild geese are less afraid of a team than of a person afoot. They seem to recognize a gun at a distance. The Canada goose takes kindly to captivity, raising its young in entire content.