|Common Name||Barnacle Goose|
|Scientific Name||Branta Leucopsis|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||03/27/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Zacheriah Cota-Weaver|
|Mailing Address||175 Depot Street|
Hyde Park, Vermont 05655
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
Eddy Edwards -
|Latitude of Observation||44.990774|
|Longitude of Observation||-73.318813|
|Place Name||Windmill Point Road|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||09:20 AM|
|Length of Time Observed||40 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.
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.
Back slate gray.
|Lower Back & Rump|
Back slate gray.
|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.
|Other Notes & Comments|
Age and sex undetermined.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Immediately After|