Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2016-30
|Scientific name:||Branta leucopsis|
|Length of time observed:||40 minutes|
|Location:||Approx 850 N 8300 W, West Weber|
|Distance to bird:||130 yards|
|Optical equipment:||Swarovski & Vortex HD spotting scopes.|
|Weather:||Clear & sunny|
|Light Conditions:||Mid-day sun|
|Description: Size of bird:||Small goose ~28"|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||Goose|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||White, Gray, Black|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||Stubby goose|
Field Marks and
Small goose with a stubby black bill. Face and under chin were completely white
with the exception of black on the Lores. Back of head, crown, neck, and breast
were black. Delineation of black breast to light gray flanks and then again to
white undertail. Back was barred with black and gray tipped with white towards
the middle of back. Primaries and tail were black when standing. In flight tail
was white with a heavy black terminal band. Black legs.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||N/A|
|Behavior:||In a field with Canada geese, feeding.|
|Habitat:||Short grassy field|
were they eliminated:
Cackling Goose-White on face would only be the "chin-strap", back would be
brown, flanks and breast would be gray to grayish brown.
Emperor- white crown and dark underside with orange legs.
GWFG would have orange bill and legs plus many other field marks.
Brant- Completely black head and brownish back.
this & similar species:
|None with Barnacle, have observed all other similar species multiple times in multiple habitats with the exception of Emperor.|
|References consulted:||Online, Nat Geo & Sibley's Field Guides.|
|Description from:||Notes taken at the time of the sighting|
|Observer's address:||255 W 2700 N #71C, Pleasant View, UT 84414|
|Observer's e-mail address:||**|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||Taylor Abbott|
Bird was observed walking in short grass and seen in flight. There were no
noticeable bands or feather wear that would point to this bird being a
captive bird. Comments prepared mostly by Taylor on our eBird will be copied
and emailed along with photos.
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