Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
 
Status in the Checklist Area - Uncommon
     
 
Information

A mid-sized goose smaller and shorter necked than the average Canada Goose. Breeds in the Arctic tundra and is generally encountered on migration in our checklist area although some will remain over the winter in small numbers. These are often single birds mixed in with flocks of Canada or Cackling Geese. Higher numbers of Greater White-fronted Geese are usually seen during migration on the coast.

Similar species:
Be aware of free-flying domestic Graylag Geese or hybrids. These birds are usually much larger with deep bellies and lack some key fieldmarks (see image in photographs)


     
Noteworthy Data
 
Date
Location
Sources
Comments
April 19, 2013 Chilliwack G. Gadsden 2013 A flock of 119 individuals resting in a field on Banford Road before flying in a northwestern direction.
February 7, 2009 Popkum B. Beeke, J. Beeke, M. Brown Eight among CAGO and TRSW in a grass field. Also seen on February 8, 2009.
October 9, 2008 Agassiz K. Jones Twenty-five feeding in field near Tuytten's Rd.
October 8, 2008 Agassiz M. Brown Over 90 near Tuytten's Rd.
December 15, 1979 Chilliwack National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count recorded 338 individuals.
 
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Audio and Video    
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