Greater White-fronted Geese

Don was minding his own business at the barbeque last evening when these 3 kids paddled by.

Greater White-fronted Goose - Juvenile
Greater White-fronted Goose – Juvenile

We usually have to be really quiet and move really slowly to get a photo of wildlife.  So when these geese didn’t startle at our movements we thought they must be domestic.

Juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose
Juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose

They came right up into the yard!  We even started waving our arms (after I got my pix) to try to scare them away.  They didn’t care what we did but we didn’t try to walk up to them.

Juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose
Juvenile

After a search in our bird books we decided that, if they aren’t domestic, they’d have to be juvenile Greater White-fronted geese.

A check with a local authority, Range Bayer, confirmed our research.  He said they are very tame and, to their demise, don’t know what to be afraid of including predators.

Apparently there is a large migration right now and some fall out to take a break.

By the way the “front”, in the name, refers to the space behind the bill.  It is dark now but turns white on adults.

Range also referred me to this discussion on telling the difference between domestic and wild geese: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/domgeese.htm

And here’s more info on Lincoln County birding:  http://yaquina.info/ybn/bird/bird.htm

I was interested to read that they interbreed.

Thanks for the great info Range!

Oh, and the geese are still here this morning.  I hope they don’t miss their flight!

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