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Owner of Sean Mann Out­doors

There are times when res­i­dent geese raise a ruckus, but com­pared to mi­gra­tory birds, they’re less vo­cal and have deeper voices.

“Softer air tends to yield a deeper tone,” he ex­plains, “so I ad­just my air­flow. Oth­ers switch to a longer, more deeply tuned call.”

Mann’s fa­vorite vo­cal­iza­tions for res­i­dent geese are the honk, the moan, and the dou­ble-cluck. “Ev­ery­thing a Canada goose does is a honk or part of a honk,” he says. “A cluck is just a very short honk, for ex­am­ple. A moan is half a honk, but drawn out.” If you learn to pro­duce a good low-pitched honk, you’ve got the build­ing blocks for ev­ery­thing else.

“The moan is that long, drawn-out awwwwwwww you prob­a­bly as­so­ciate with those heady mo­ments when birds drop their land­ing gear,” Mann says. “It’s a good closer call to get birds to com­mit. But it’s also ideal when birds sneak up and you haven’t had a chance to greet them with a honk. The dou­ble-cluck is a low cluck fol­lowed by a higher one, of­ten in run-on form:

cluck-click, cluck-click, cluck-click… It’s an ex­cited call some­times made by a sin­gle goose land­ing or by geese chal­leng­ing one an­other. And it can get birds that are not very ex­cited about your setup ex­cited in a hurry.”

But like Rogge, Mann uses this call spar­ingly for res­i­dent birds. “Over­all, a lit­tle bit of qual­ity call­ing goes a long way.” FS

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