#394 Greater White-fronted Goose at Shoreline Park

I’ve been visiting Shoreline Lake in the early morning this week and yesterday it paid off with this new goose. Plumage-wise it looks a little like a domestic Greylag Goose, but notice how much smaller it is than the adjacent Canada Goose. My first reaction when I saw it in silhouette was that it was a Cackling Goose, but no cackler ever looked like this:

Greater White-fronted Goose swimming next to Canada Goose

Numerous other birds were seen yesterday morning including my first California Peregrine Falcon and Belted Kingfisher. Later in the day I added one more, Black Skimmer.

Total species count for the morning walk was 41:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Gadwall
  • Mallard
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Canvasback
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Surf Scoter
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Western Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Snowy Egret
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • American Coot
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Willet
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • California Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Mourning Dove
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Black Phoebe
  • American Crow
  • Bushtit
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • California Towhee
  • Song Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • House Finch
  • American Goldfinch

My California list is now 148 species, just 4 short of number 2 New Jersey. My New York list is somewhere over 250 (I didn’t keep such good records when I was just starting out) but with a full year yet to go, California may top that. My lifelist should easily cross 400 this year with all these great new California birds. If I get to China in April as planned, I may even make 500.

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