November 09, 2011 - There is some discussion of there possibly being 2 Barnacle Geese in the Newbury / Newburyport area with the feathers around the eye and forehead on the second bird being "splotchy". I've added two head shots from the West Newbury goose below and hope to see photos for comparison from others.
A brief video as the goose fed ans preened in the field along Rogers St.
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and the field from the road.
but the bird of the day was just down the road on Rogers Street across from the Artichoke Farm, a Barnacle Goose, usually found just a bit north and east of here in Greenland.
Originally seen in the field across from the farm, all of the geese moved to the Artichoke Reservoir with the close passing of a Red-tailed Hawk.
The hawk gave me the opportunity to check the legs for bands as the Barnacle moved to the water.
No tags on the wings.
and no bands on the legs, it looks like a wild goose!
After spending 20 - 30 minutes on the reservoir the geese moved to the back fields of the Artichoke Farm. A check with the folks working on the farm found access not allowed so please respect their wishes.