[Ontbirds] Pink-footed Goose. Riceville Floodplain, St. Isadore. Prescot & Russel Co. Eastern Ontario.
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Wed Apr 1 19:03:33 EDT 2020
Apologies for the late report (technical glitch). This morning at 10:44am Stew Hamill and I observed an adult Pink-footed Goose on the Westside of CR 9 about 60 meters south of the bridge. SEE GOOGLE MAP URL BELOW. The bird was at least ~500 meters on west side of Hwy 9. I managed to get several diagnostic digiscope photos despite the wind. Smallish brown goose with distinctly darker brown head, and relatively short, dark brown neck, contracting with lighter brown breast and body. Shortish bill, mostly black with orangey-pink band across upper mandible. Mostly orange-pink lower mandible. Pale Fringes to upper wing coverts forming distinct pale rows of lines across the upper parts, and distinct pale edges to tertials. Also distinct white line along flanks similar to white fronted goose. Seen swimming in water initially so leg colour seen. But observed 15 mins afterwards while preening on mud, and bright pink legs seen.
This section on Hwy 9 has a slightly wider verge. But be careful if you pull off there, there are often heavy vehicles moving fast on this road.
THERE IS A SAFE PARKING AREA TO PULL OFF OFF ON THE SW CORNER OF THE BRIDGE ON CONSESSION RD 12. The bird is also viewable to the west of the farm buildings on Consession Rd 12.
REMEMBER- IF YOU INTEND ON GOING TO SEE THIS BIRD- PLEASE OBSERVE SOCAIL DISTANCING BY KEEPING AT LEAST 6FT APART FROM YOUR FELLOW BIRDERS.
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