Good questions Will. Here are the reports to the VT Bird Records
Committee over the years below. I posted in a table, but my guess is
that it will get messed up when I hit send. So apologies if it is!
I don't see much of a pattern other than it happens in migration seasons
-spring and fall, possibly suggesting vagrants I guess.
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis not accepted- Historical IV-
3/12/88 February 20, 1905 Marshfield Washington Co.
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis not accepted- 9/8/84 October 15,
1983 DCWMA, Addison Addison Co.
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 1st -accepted origin unknown-
10/24/91 May 14-19, 1990 Maidstone Essex Co.
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 2nd- accepted origin unknown-
11/2/96 April 1-19, 1996 Nichols Bay Grand Isle Co.
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 3rd- accepted origin unknown-
11/2/96 October 20, 1996 DCWMA, Addison Addison Co.
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 4th- accepted origin unknown-
11/7/98 October 23, 1998 Thompson's Point, Charlotte Chittenden Co.
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 16:01:48 -0400
From: Will Raup <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: barnacle
One item to keep in mind is a pattern of Vagrancy, so here's a few questions
that I have.
1. How many Barnacle Goose Reports have there been in Vermont?
2. What are the dates and locations of those reports (if any)?
3. How does the current bird fit into those reports?
Obviously if all Barnacle Goose reports all came from March in the Con.
River Valley, there would be a clear pattern of Vagrancy, yielding support
to the idea that these are lost Wild birds. With no pattern however, the
question of the birds origins will be raised.
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