Tuesday, 22 November 2011

More odd geese, Exminster Marshes

Seems to be the season for odd geese of unknown origin, so.....

amongst the large numbers of Canada Geese on Exminster Marshes at the moment is a smaller, shorter-necked bird with a very dark breast & small head. It seems to match at least some of the published characters & online images of 'Dusky Canada Goose' occidentalis (a very unlikely vagrant from restricted Pacific breeding grounds), but I am certainly not claiming it as such. But worth a look and a photo if anyone can get close enough.

Also, the Kingsbridge Estuary greylag geese are interesting, there were 19 (5 residents plus an unusual, separate flock of 14) on the Marshes on Sunday 20th. There has apparently been some kind of influx from somewhere to southern England over recent days.