Lesser Snow Geese and a Greater White-fronted Goose at Cottonwood Marshes

Observers: Kim Kuska and the Tulare and Fresno Audubon Society
Email: kkuska@porterville.k12.ca.us
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Date: 03/18/2005
Time: 10:46 PM -0500


About 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 13th, 2005, we saw a group of about 15 Lesser Snow Geese together on the edge of the lake shore about 100 yards away. The grin patch was obvious through a scope on all the birds, and they were all the same size. Several had a yellowish stain on their head, and several were still in their distinctly gray juvenile plumage. All were the white morph and none had the very stubby billed, short-necked look of a Ross's Goose. With this group was one Greater White-fronted Goose which was, interestingly much smaller than the Snow Geese, appearing Ross's Goose size in comparison. The white front behind the bill, brown coloring, speckled belly, and white rear underparts were all observed. Also at the marsh, we had a Long-billed Curlew, Great-tailed Grackel, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Cinnamon Teal, Sora and Virginia Rails.