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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Cast your mind back to late October...

During an autumn rich in national, Devon and Lundy rarities, one particularly nice sighting that didn't make it onto the blog pages at the time concerned a flock of eight Greenland White-fronted Geese Anser albifrons flavirostris that dropped into the island on 27 Oct.

Dean Jones's logbook entry and two of a series of photos that he managed to fire off are reproduced below. This is one of the larger groups of White-fronts ever seen on the island, and by far the largest number of birds of the Greenland-breeding race.

Greenland White-fronted Geese, 27 Oct 2018 © Dean Jones
Greenland White-fronted Geese, Airfield, 27 Oct 2018 © Dean Jones

Intriguingly, Paul Holt saw a flock of distant grey geese flying along the East Side at 09.42 hrs on 27 Oct (see photo below). Were these also Greenland Whitefronts? And, if so, did they include the same birds seen by Dean a little earlier? To add further to the mix, Paul saw a flock of eight grey geese flying NE when he was at the Airfield at 15.50 hrs the same day!

Unidentified grey geese over the East Side, 27 Oct 2018 © Paul Holt

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