Date: 12/24/18 9:41 am From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> Subject: [cobirds] BARNACLE GOOSE in northeastern CO
A hunter shot a BARNACLE GOOSE this past weekend somewhere in the northeastern part of the state (location not disclosed). It was with a second Barnacle Goose that flew off. I'm not experienced with aging then but based on the photos I think it might be an immature bird.
While this species is always problematic in terms of provenance, there's a decent chance wild birds do make it into the great plains.
If anyone knows who might be able to run an isotope and/or DNA analysis, the hunter might be willing to part with a few feathers and/or tissue, so please get in touch with me off list! Thanks!
Good birding, Paul Hurtado Reno, NV and Pueblo, CO