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...>

> 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

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