I have a pond and this one goose has been here for two weeks and wont leave. I dont feed it, I try to scare it away but it just jumped in the pond and swims away from you or whatever you scare it with. Any idea why it wont leave?
The goose may be unable to fly at the moment, but not injured.
The RSPB (UK bird/conservation group) say:
Unlike most other birds, ducks, geese and swans lose all their flight feathers at once, rendering them flightless for a period.
They tend to do so on water, such as a safe-looking lake. This normally takes place just after the breeding season but depends on the species (some breed earlier than others, some move further than others to moult). Males may pass through a female-like plumage known as eclipse for weeks to months as part of this process.
A single goose likely has a problem and likely will leave when it can. That is a good thing ; I once worked west of Chicago , a 20 acre retention pond was built. The Canadian geese thought it was a good wintering spot, First hundreds then ,soon ,tens of thousands. Then a few hundred stayed and bred in the summer. They chased people off the sidewalks, not all bad as the sidewalks were covered with GS ( goose stuff).