Greenland White-fronted Goose - Anser albifrons flavirostris

In the afternoon of 5 November 1997 Rik Winters and Theo Bakker found a Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris between several White-fronted Geese A albifrons near Ferwoude Fr. Only on Sunday 9 November it was rediscovered by Theo Bakker, Leo Boon, Gerben ter Haar en Rik Winters again just a few kilmeter south from the original location just west of Workum Fr. The bird was seen till dark and could be studied and photographed at close range. I made in time and I was able to see that the bird was slightly larger and the plumage was a little bit darker and there were more black markings on the belly compared to the other White-fronted Gees. Of course the orange bill and feet were very obvious. The bird was also seen on 9 November in the early morning (cf Dutch Birding 19 (5), 269, 1997).

8 November 1997, Workum Fr; © Arnoud B van den Berg.

8 November 1997, Workum Fr; © Leo JR Boon.

In 1997 it was the 19th record for the Netherlands. The first record was an adult male shot on 10 October 1910 on Texel NH. More records before 1997 were in 1956 (2), 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1078, 1986, 1987, 1994 (2), 1995 and 2 in 1997. Records fall typically between October and April.

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