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Matt Fraker hits the road in search of one of North America's most enigmatic species. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at ABA Blog
I'm not so sure how common Barnacle Geese are in captivity in North America. I've just started working on a little investigation into that ... and so far, finding any for sale is quite difficult. There are several breeders who have them in their stock list, but don't actually have any on hand. After I'm done interviewing as many breeders as possible, I'll report my findings in an article ... somewhere. In any case, it does seem a bit odd that almost every single Barnacle Goose that shows up here, does so exactly when and where you would expect such a vagrant to occur. If they were mostly escapees, I would expect them to be spread around more, both in terms of space, and time of year.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2013 on Bird of the Week: Barnacle Goose at Obsidian Wings
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The bird in back in the first photo, and with neck partially raised in the second is a Mute Swan. Two things stand out: one, as has been mentioned already, the longer tail that's held more cocked-up. The second in the long, sloping shoulder. Look at the angle where the front end of each bird's body enters the water. Something I've also noticed in the field, and is discernible here: Mute Swans are just a tad bit "whiter" than our other two.
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2012 on Headless White Birds at ABA Blog
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