Big Flamborourgh Record
Excuse a little indulgence as I convalesce 😉 . Was quite chuffed to check out the top window of our house last week over looking the north side of Flamborough (Yes I know we are very blessed with where we live!) to see this bird. At about a mile away I thought I was watching the back of the head of a Greylag Goose (one of about 100 present) which seemed to flash some white at the bill base- “not seen one like that for a while’. Then a few moment later it turned around to reveal a proper white blaze, dark head and body a longish smoother thinner looking orange bill and… big black ‘speckled’ belly barring- whoop! a Greenland White-front. They seem to be rare at Flamborough. Indeed at cursory look I haven’t traced a previous record for the Headland yet. Could be a first.
I saw it on several subsequent days but always distant. however since the weekend (and I’m away) it appears daily with a few geese at the watering hole in the village- views much closer. Hence my indulgence with the photos of others…
Some other White-fronted Geese from east and west
We have managed to collect a few different images, nuances and taxa of the White-fronted Geese.
1st winter Greenland and Russian White-fronted Geese
Fuller post with videos HERE
Eastern/ Pacific White-fronted Goose.
Talking about birds which are more normally seen wintering along the Pacific Rim – albicans and frontalis. Still think this one looks about right. Written up more fully HERE.
Russian White-fronted Geese
Russian White-front with orange bill. More HERE.
Greenland White-front with pinky bill. More HERE.