Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bar-Headed Goose - Brattleboro

Yesterday at dusk, Richard Foye spotted a Bar-headed Goose in the pasture in front of the Brattleboro water treatment plant along Route 30. It was grazing with Canada Geese.

This morning, the goose has been hanging in the cove just south of the fence of the treatment plant, and was seen by seven local birders.

Native to Central Asia and the Indian sub-continent, this goose is also popular in zoos and waterfowl collections - so its origin is certainly suspect; I'll leave it to others to decide. Wild or feral, it is a beautiful goose.




8 comments:

robyn said...

A rare and delightful find. Beautiful photos!
Robyn

dAwN said...

Beautiful goose...any word on wild feral?

Chris Petrak said...

I'm quite sure it will be deemed, at best, origin unknown. I haven't been able to find any wild records for NA. Central Asia is a long way away. England has some breeding records of feral birds and it may be on its way to becoming established as a wild population, but that also is a long way from New England. But a beautiful bird anyway.

Chris

Stephen T. George said...

We spotted a bar-headed goose in a flock of canadian geese two days ago in our backyard pond near Rochester, NY. I am wondering whether it was the same goose, on its way south. :) It was beautiful.

Birgit

jadoerr said...

I saw a pair this morning on my run in Colchester, VT! They were with a small flock of geese I have yet to identify

Dennis Garrison said...

I was birding with two others today (6 Dec 2009) in Delta, Colorado, when one of my friends spotted one of these mixed in with the rest of the geese on the local lake. Beautiful bird! Now we need to figure out where it came from, as I doubt it flew here from Vermont. Although Vermont is closer than the Himalayas...

Anonymous said...

My son shot a bar-head this winter in Eastern Idaho during the season goose hunt. Was flying with Canada's.

Anonymous said...

I found one on my lake in Massachusetts.

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