Thursday, December 20, 2012

Greater White-fronted Goose (Westminster, Ma.) 12/20

Just after lunch today I was passing Monty Tech High School and decided to check out the goose flock that is typically grazing on the athletic fields. Among the 120 +/- Canada Geese was a single Greater White-fronted Goose. There has been one recently reported from Holden and Rutland, about 15 miles southwest of this locale but its tough to figure if this is the same bird or not. I had not checked this flock in recent weeks despite passing it nearly daily, so its tough to say if its been there for a while or it just arrived.

The geese all went "on full alert" when I arrived but did not flush and then settled a bit while I watched.

Greater White-fronted Goose just left of center

A digi-scope shot through the scope
A few years back I had seen a Greater White-fronted Goose in Westminster, Vt., but this was a first to Westminster, Ma. and just a bit over a mile from home!

1 comment:

James P. Smith said...

Cool stuff Tom. Well done.