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Jan
13

Lonely?

When you’re in the situation of being a long way from home it’s comforting to find solace among one’s own kind. Flocking together for comfort, protection and company is an adage of many living things.

The taxonomy of Canada Geese is interesting but complex. Confusion is compounded because articles on identification and classification are quickly outdated and replaced. To simplify things (far too much – reams could be written) there are two species of Canada Geese, Greater, the larger bodies birds and Lesser the smaller bodied birds; the Lesser is also called Cackling Canada Goose. Each species is split into sub species. The Greater has six races the lesser has four. Among all the races the most northerly breeding is the Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii; one of the Cacklers, which quite reasonably used to be called Hutchinson’s Canada Goose and even earlier the Baffin Island Canada Goose … but for some reason is now called Richardson’s Canada Goose. I did tell you it was complex.

Lesser Canada Geese have been seen in Norfolk previously but for the past few weeks a Richardson’s Canada Goose has been roaming the North Norfolk coast among a flock of Canada Geese. It probably came over from Canada in late autumn among Pinkfeet. The resident flock of Canada’s however perhaps proved too alluring despite its diminutive size. That’s one possible origin. Another is it jumped the fence at some wildfowl collection. Who knows?

Richardsons Canada Goose

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