I observed the bird walking and flying today; no bands were evident. I did not observe whether or not the bird had hind toes.
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From: "Amanda Spears" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, March 5, 2012 7:39:06 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Barnacle Goose in VT
Has anyone clearly determined this bird to be wild? Any bands? Does it have both hind toes?
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On Mar 5, 2012, at 7:15 PM, David Johnston <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> At 5:00 this evening the Barnacle Goose was feeding with ~300 Canadas on and
> around the manure piles in the middle of the cornfield east of Stebbins Rd
> in Vernon. Welcome to VT! I was able to view the birds easily with my scope
> set up on the side of Stebbins Rd, very convenient. I did not spot the
> Greater White-fronted, however a lot of geese were already at the roost
> around the island in the Connecticut River east of the field. Small groups
> of geese started heading to the roost about 5:15. The Barnacle flew to the
> river with 5 Canadas at 5:25. Nice way to end the day...
> Dave Johnston