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 Post subject: Urban Snow Geese
PostPosted: Jan 25 3:11 pm 
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Some folks may not know how urbanized the snow geese have become in Richmond. Attached are a few random shots of a small group at the corner of Granville and Railway earlier today. Note the couple walking on a path crowded with geese. When taking these shots with a cell phone, I approached to within less than 2m without the birds taking offence.

ImageUrban Snow Geese by brian avent, on Flickr


ImageSnow geese in Richmond by brian avent, on Flickr


ImageSnow geese in Richmond by brian avent, on Flickr


ImageSnow Geese at ease by brian avent, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Snow Geese
PostPosted: Jan 26 6:42 am 
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Nice, i'm always on the lookout for blue-phase birds, give us a shout if you spot any :)

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Snow Geese
PostPosted: Jan 26 9:40 am 
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I have seen a couple blue-phase birds earlier this winter out at Iona. There is a possible immature blue-phase bird in the first picture above, crossing the sidewalk and facing away on the far side of the paved trail in the foreground. I noticed that bird but didn't take a really close look. It is darker than the usual immature bird but not quite as dark as I would expect for a blue-phase. I have seen some immature white-fronted geese mixed with the snow geese other years and at first glance assumed blue-phase.

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Snow Geese
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pretty amazing!


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