O Canada! (Geese And Ducks) Happy Canada Day 2018!


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July 1st is Canada Day in Canada. And the Canadian national anthem is "O Canada!". Calixa Lavallée wrote the music in 1880 to go to the poem by Adolphe-Basile Routhier. It became the official Canadian national anthem July 1, 1980.

I recorded some Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) and some wild Mallard and domestic White Pekin ducks that were between a road and some stores near a pond. I fed them a lot of wild bird food and a loaf of wheat bread bought minutes before, just before I started recording. A little more bird food was put out as I recorded. The birds really appreciated all the food I gave them and even were stepping on my feet, nipping at my legs to get my individual attention, and a little bit of letting me touch their backs if they were facing away from me. I tried holding food in my cupped hands for them to get big mouthfuls but they were hesitant about that and only did a little of it. There was one Mallard ducks with babies following it around and getting jostled by all the ducks and geese, and I recorded them too. The Canada Geese nipped each other to try to scare each other away from the food, and their nearly grown babies. And the geese nipped the ducks to chase them away from the food. The ducks were smaller than the geese so they nipped each other a bit, but I think that is just from being around the nippy geese. You might not know it, but White Pekin ducks are derived from wild Mallards in China and were brought to the United State and Germany where two different lineages of White Pekin ducks were developed. I think ducks are funny to watch doing duck things. The geese kept themselves and the ducks pretty agitated the whole time but everyone was okay.

Canada Day, or Fête du Canada, is the national day of Canada. It celebrates the anniversary of the Constitution Act, 1867, which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single Dominion called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day, or Le Jour de la Confédération, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.

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