Ducks and geese are always problematic because of their popularity in aviculture. It is tough to tell whether they are wild or domestic escapees. In Idaho, we frequently had Snow Geese out of season (Summer). They are common in Idaho in migration so we just assumed they were ones that didn't finish migration. Later, we found out there was an aviculturalist that was raising Snow Geese and his kept escaping.
Deborah K. Beutler, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
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Several years ago I found a pair of Barnacle Geese on the pond outside of
Winterplace Ski Resort. I watched the birds for several hours. They flew
around the ponds several times with some Canada Geese so I was able to get
good looks at their feet which didn't have bands. They weren't wing tagged
either. I submitted my sighting with photos, which was backed up by another
competent birder, to the records committee who said the sighting was
"probably" escapees. When the issue of North American Birds covering that
time came out the next year Barnacle Geese were spotted on the east coast in
several locations. Makes you wonder doesn't it?
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