• Barnacle Goose

    Common NameBarnacle Goose
    Scientific NameBranta Leucopsis
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation03/27/2017
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    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameZacheriah Cota-Weaver
    Mailing Address175 Depot Street
    Hyde Park, Vermont 05655
    United States
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    Date Completed03/27/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Eddy Edwards -
    Jim Mead -
    Henry Trombley -

    Latitude of Observation44.990774
    Longitude of Observation-73.318813
    Place NameWindmill Point Road
    CountyGrand Isle
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day09:20 AM
    Length of Time Observed40 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)1320
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)1250
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Gusty southerly wind around 10mph, Temp 37F, Intermittent rain turning into sleet.

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Scope - Celestron Ultima 66 x 100mm, Binoculars - Eagle Optics 8x42

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Familiar with other goose species regularly found in Vermont. First time observing this species.

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    Description of Habitat

    Open hayfield, partially snow covered.

    Behaviors Observed

    Actively feeding, flew a short distance.

    Description of Vocalizations

    Too far to hear vocalizations.

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    Observed one Barnacle Goose accompanied by 72 Canada Geese feeding on a small knoll in the far corner of a hayfield about 1/4 mile northeast of Windmill Point Road. Bird foraged for about ten minutes before flying a short distance (50 yards) with the group of Canada Geese. Bird was not directly observed while flying. The bird wandered around a small area of hayfield uncovered by snow, sometimes being obscured by larger Canada Geese.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Small goose, perhaps 2/3 the size of nearby Canada Goose.


    Black nape and crown. White face, throat, and forehead.

    Feet & Bill

    Legs and feet black. Stubby black bill.

    Upper Back

    Back slate gray.

    Lower Back & Rump

    Back slate gray.


    Not observed.

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    Black breast , silvery gray belly and flanks.


    Short black tail.

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    Dark adult Ross's Goose - Lacked pink bill, pink legs.
    Cackling Goose - Gray back and silvery gray sides inconsistent with CACG.

    Other Notes & Comments

    Age and sex undetermined.

    This report was written from notes taken:Immediately After

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