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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

First time Brant Goose in Pueblo

Yesterday a Pueblo birder, Brandon, found a "black" form of Brant Goose in Pueblo. This is a first in the county. The first photo shows some of it's plumage which is clearly blacker than the nearby Canada Geese. Naturally it didn't turn around so I could get a better pic.

After a water meeting today in Pueblo I drove over to the Pueblo State Park swim beach pond where it was seen yesterday. Though this is the first time I have seen this species in the wild it was easy to spot--it is substantially smaller than the Canada Geese with which it was associating as it apparent in the second photo.

It's markings were quite distinctive and in conjunction with its diminutive size caused me to consider it quite cute (yeah, a pretty anthropomorphic view).

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