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Barnacle Goose

Branta leucopsis


Barnacle Geese are rare North American visitors, with breeding populations in Greenland and other places in the north Atlantic Arctic. Wintering grounds are mostly Scotland, Ireland and the Hebrides. This one showed up yesterday at Maple Farm Sanctuary in Mendon. It was with the flock of wild Canada Geese that come in to feed on cracked corn the farmer puts out. The viewing was far better than I had expected, and at times I actually had to back up to get the entire bird in the picture frame.

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Tom15 10 years ago

Jellis, there was a lot of luck with this bird, from the private landowner reporting the bird and letting anyone come onto their property to see it to the bird being so cooperative. It's nice when things fall into place like this, it's usually a lot less predictable.

Jellis 10 years ago

what luck

Tom15 10 years ago

Thanks Ajenjonadita. They are cute little geese.

Ajenjonadita 10 years ago

omg it's so lovely ♥

patty 10 years ago

me too =)

Tom15 10 years ago

Thanks Patty. I hope you see one some time.

patty 10 years ago

Delightful series Tom! I had never seen this artic geese, they are lovely =)

Tom15 10 years ago

Thanks Ashley. They are small, just like a Cackling Goose.

AshleyT 10 years ago

Love the second photo with it in comparison to the Canadas! Jealous you got to see this, they are such pretty geese :)

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Mendon, Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Mar 2, 2014
Submitted on Mar 3, 2014

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