Wounded White-fronted

December 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I decided to try my luck once again in the thus far fruitless pursuit of the Pink-footed Goose that other, more lucky—or persistent—birders have spotted near our home. However, when I got out of the car in the proper spot by the river, I got the sad news, from earlier rare bird enthusiasts, that the rare critter was injured and on the ice. Sure enough, there was a goose, and the poor bird was a bloody mess, one of its wings damaged quite badly. But, as I watched, it was clearly able to swim, and as it headed downriver, I hoped against hope that it might survive. While we'll never know, one thing became certain: it wasn't a Pink-footed. Rather, it was a White-fronted Goose—the bird gets its common name from the white feathering just behind the bill—and while these aren't downright rare, they are uncommon... and an uncommonly good sighting, if under potentially sad circumstances.


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