Canada Goose Branta canadensis


The introduced Canada Goose is well spread over the country and during the autumn flocks and small groups of Canada Geese are found over large parts of the country. Therefore, only a small proportion of the staging population of the species will be included in the goose counts during the autumn. In the most recent years around 30000 -40000 have been seen at the November counts. In September (and partly also in October) the species is also well spread in northern Sweden with quite large flocks on a number of sites along the coasts of the Baltic sea all the way north to Luleå.

In January, the majority of the Canada Geese have left the sites north of Scania and large flocks are present on some areas making it possible to count the Canada Geese here. There are however still a number of flocks north of Scania, the majority on the west coast of the country. Smaller numbers are also found in the inland areas.

January totals have shown a steady increase through the years from somewhat more than 5000 when the counts started to more than 70000  in January 2009 and 2010 . In all years the majority of the Canada Geese have been counted in Scania, the southernmost province of the country with only smaller numbers in the other provinces. The species was however much more widespread in the  mild winters of 2007 and 2008. In the last, very cold winter, 2011 much smaller numbers were counted in Sweden. Numbers counted in the last winter 2014, were far from the maximum counts of the series with only about 35000 Canada Geese counted. Counts in January 2015 were similarly low, 37800. In January 2019 the number of wintering Canada Geese was once again higher in the country with more than 55000 counted. The total winter population was most probably larger as the species can be spread over many sites in the mild winters.


Distribution map

Diagram for October, November and January

Monthly totals



To Goose counts Gåsinventeringar

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