Monday, July 29, 2019

Greater White-fronted Goose


My hiking has been restricted by minor foot surgery last week. I was able to sneak out of the house and down to Olympia’s Capitol Lake on 27 July 2017. I was vaguely aware of reports of a Greater White-fronted Goose in the area since June. I spotted it among several dozen Canada Geese. This species breeds in Alaska and the northwestern Canadian tundra. You would not expect one to spend the summer in Washington. It could be a wounded bird—I did not see it fly—but the goose appeared to be otherwise healthy. It was not banded, so it is unlikely to be an escaped bird from captivity. Perhaps it just exhausted its migtratory urge. And, yes, there is such a bird as a Lesser White-fronted Goose. This goose is an Asian duck that once was noted in the Aleutian Islands. Lesser White-fronted Geese have yellow eye-rings.

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