Greater White-fronted Goose  (Oie rieuse)      This species is of special interest to Timiskaming birders.    All sightings should be documented and reported.

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Anser albifrons

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General Notes

The Greater White-fronted Goose is a western species that is only occasionally spotted in Ontario, most often during spring and fall migration, when it is sometimes spotted traveling with tundra breeding flocks of Canada Geese.  They nest on marshy ponds in the tundra or taiga and winter in Mexico, California and along portions of the Caribbean Coast.

The population of Greater White-fronted Goose appears to be increasing dramatically, according to a recent analysis of Christmas Bird Count records conducted by National Audubon Society scientists. It is possible that the North American population has increased by more than 5500 percent in the last 40 years, although there is insufficient data about this species to be highly confident in the actual magnitude of the population growth. The trend, however, is considered statistically significant.

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Documented Observations


April 5, 1999. One observed in Casey Township by Barry Kinch.