A Nomad Goose so far from its home-yet so close to mine!
Saturday morning I was in my studio putting the finishing carving touches on a drake
Wood Duck decoy. Jen told me that she just read on CTBirds that Mark Barriger had just reported a Pink-footed Goose at Lyman’s Orchard Pond. Since Lyman’s is only fifteen minutes from our house, I grabbed my camera and we were on our way. The pond at the Apple Barrel store in Middlefield has hosted some very special Geese the last two winters.
On November 25, 2010, a Greater White-fronted, and an immature Blue Goose were spotted in the pond. When I was there photographing those two Geese, I also spotted a single
Greater White-fronted Goose at Lyman’s Pond
Immature Blue Goose at Lyman’s Pond
Part of the flock of eighteen Blue Geese at nearby White’s Farm in
My report to CTBirds: The P F Goose was swimming in the pond with approx. 75
It gave good close looks, and walked out of the pond exposing those obvious 'pink" feet and tarsus.
The P F Goose stretches its wings.
The Goose was suddenly startled; it jumped up but landed again after a quick “hop” into the air.
This smaller Goose stood its ground against the larger
aggressive larger Canada Goose.
It walked up onto the lawn and started grazing with the
Portraits of this beautiful nomadic Goose
While I was there photographing this special Goose, there were several other birders
there. Russ Smiley introduced himself to me, and he then pointed out a hen Shoveler on the opposite shore of the pond.
The Shoveler was often mixed in with the Geese and ended up in many photos with the P F Goose
This Goose seems quite timid, and seems to prefer to stay on the periphery of all the other birds.
I couldn’t resist, I had to take a few shots of these Canada Geese…..
…..and this Mallard/Black Duck hybrid.
As we were leaving, this Red-tailed Hawk flew over Route 147. The Pink-footed Goose was still present when we left.
Keith and Jen Mueller Killingworth, CT
If you find any banded Gulls, here are the websites to report the leg marker band/wing tag numbers, and sighting information:
The Gulls of Appledore Island, Dr. Julie Ellis (Herring Gulls with green numbered leg bands and USFW metal leg bands):
Mass. water supply protection Gull study program- Dr. Ken MacKenzie (Ring-billed and [some] Herring Gulls with colored/numbered wing-tags with colored/numbered leg marker bands and USFW metal leg band)
University of Quebec, Montreal UQAM Gull Study, Professor Jean-François Giroux (Ring-billed Gulls with yellow or blue numbered leg marker bands, and metal leg bands)
Banded and Blue Leg Markers with Black Letters- Lesser Black-backed Gulls
Banded and Tagged Gulls from Sable Island
Keith and Jen Mueller
Late February Birding continues with these upcoming reports that will be posted soon: