• Barnacle Goose

    Common NameBarnacle Goose
    Scientific NameBranta leucopsis
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation10/28/2017
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    Number Observedone
    Reporting Observer's NameDon Clark
    Mailing Address244 Bull Hill Rd
    PO Box 86
    Grafton, VT 05146
    United States
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    Date Completed11/02/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Also observed by Ken Cox, Cat Abbott, Mick Baisley, Martha Adams, JoAnne Russo, Mike Foster

    Latitude of Observation43.1936476
    Longitude of Observation72.5678623
    Place NameFisher Hill Rd beaver pond
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day03:00 PM
    Length of Time Observed2 hours
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)80
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)80
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    clear & sunny

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    7x42 Zeiss binos and 20-60 Nikon Scope

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Two other sightings in Vermont & one in Mass.

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    Description of Habitat

    Beaver pond with low vegetated islands or hummocks. In with 250 Canada Geese, a GWFG and 14 Woodies.

    Behaviors Observed

    Bird was feeding & sleeping in middle of other waterfowl. In flight black tail, light underparts, white face, black neck & breast & smaller size made it stand out in flight.

    Description of Vocalizations

    none heard

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    Passing by and noted Canada Geese on the beaver pond. When stopping to scan them I noticed the sleeping Barnacle by its distinct back pattern. It soon awoke showing its white face and black neck & breast.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Smaller than Canada Geese it was associated with.


    black crown, white face & throat, black lores, black neck & breast

    Feet & Bill


    Upper Back

    Alternating black & gray

    Lower Back & Rump

    white rump

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    breast black, grayish white barred belly & under tail coverts white



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

    Canada goose by white face & forehead, black breast & size

    Other Notes & Comments


    This report was written from notes taken:During the Observation

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