The main bird featured here today is likely to be my last tick of the year and it was a lifer too. Not far from my home is large body of water called Redesmere. I now volunteer for the BTO to count the wildfowl on here every month. I popped along to see what might be on the water. Among the 100+ Greylag Geese was one goose that had a very obvious white blaze on it's bill. I knew that this wasn't common amongst Greylags, but was on White-fronted Geese. The size difference was also quite noticeable, with it being 1/3 to 50% smaller than the Greylags.
I needed confirmation for this ID, as I had never seen one myself in the field before and so asked a good birding friend of mine, and it was quite quickly confirmed as a Eurasion White-fronted Goose.
I was delighted, and this was not what I expected to see on this visit, but I was so glad I popped over. Just shows you that anything can turn up anywhere. You just have to be there to see it.
You can see the smaller goose with it's white blaze in the centre of the pictures below.
This I believe is a juvenile White-fronted Goose that was also present on the same day.
Wow - that's quite a community of geese!ReplyDelete
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Nice to see these. Best wishes for a good year!ReplyDelete
Such lovely photos of the geese!ReplyDelete
They are lovely creatures. Nice shots of them.ReplyDelete
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