White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
|White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)||Rare Winter Vagrant|
The greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons) is a species of goose. The greater white-fronted goose is closely related to the smaller lesser white-fronted goose (A. erythropus). In Europe it has been known as simply “white-fronted goose”.
Greater white-fronted geese are 64–81 cm (25–32 in) in length, have a 130–165 cm (51–65 in) wingspan and weigh 1.93–3.31 kg (4.3–7.3 lb). They have bright orange legs and mouse-coloured upper wing-coverts. They are smaller than greylag geese. As well as being larger than the lesser white-fronted goose, the greater white-fronted goose lacks the yellow eye-ring of that species, and the white facial blaze does not extend upwards so far as in lesser.
Further Information: Wikipedia
Where these can be seen: A flock of these appeared on nearby Farlington Marshes and are included here as vagrants which were probably blown off-course and remained to replenish their body fat before flying off to their eventual destination – Severn Estuary/West Country.