Date: 10/7/19 9:54 pm From: Robert O'Brien <baro...> Subject: [obol] Re: Curious whitefront at YBSJ
Well, there is somewhat of a precedent for this. A few years ago I photographed a very small White-front(?) at Westmoreland Rhododendron Gardens while 'feeding the ducks' with my grandkids. I got very excited about this as it was in a group of Cacklers and was about the same size. But, when I studied the photos later I noticed a normal sized (i.e. large) bill out of proportion with the small bird. I didn't report it until someone reported apparently the same bird from one of the refuges around Corvallis a month or two later, as a possible Lesser. No photos. At that point I posted my photos on OBOL. Nothing has been heard of this bird since that time as far as I know. If Lars' bird is seen again, check out the bill. The previous one _is_ a very enigmatic goose. I can locate the OBOL posts if anything more develops.
Bob OBrien Carver OR
On Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 6:07 PM larspernorgren <larspernorgren...> wrote:
> While all you dear folks are chasing the PRWA across the bay, please swing > by the gull puddle. There's a potential Lesser White-fronted Goose there. I > saw it Saturday night with a large Cackling Goose. They were visible from > the Misty as we passed on Sunday Morning. I didn't have appropriate > reference materials on hand Saturday night. It was smaller than the > Cackler, which is weird because Greater Whitefronts are 6ish pounds and the > biggest Cacklers(taverni and l'd hazard Aleutians)rarely make it to 5 > pounds. Lesser Whitefronts are minima size--2.5#. I got two stills and > crappy video on my phone. The still profile shows lots of primary > extension, which is diagnostic for Lesser. The body's in profile but not > the head because it's grazing in the picture. Juvie Lessers show a faint > white eye ring. Lars > > > > Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone >