Sunday, 15 November 2009

Beans Mean...

Headaches. Spent the day scanning through the geese flocks in the south Mainland and found two new 'Tundra' Bean Geese - one just a few miles down the road from our house at Rerwick and one at Brake. The Rerwick bird looked very similar in bill detail to the Spiggie bird of last week, but the scapulars and median coverts are strikingly different. I assumed that the Brake bird was going to be the Spiggie bird as it was in the same flock as the neck-collared Greylag but it shows a lot more orange on the bill, approaching a 'Taiga' in pattern - but not in structure. I've sent these pix to Willem to get his views from The Netherlands...

Three record shots of the Rerwick bird:





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