Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
|Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)||Winter Visitor|
The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is a wild goose belonging to the genus Branta, which is native to arctic and temperate regions of North America, having a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brownish-gray body.
The black head and neck with white “chinstrap” distinguish the Canada Goose from all other goose species, with the exception of the Barnacle Goose, but the latter has a black breast, and also grey, rather than brownish, body plumage. There are seven subspecies of this bird, of varying sizes and plumage details, but all are recognizable as Canada Geese.
Canada Geese have reached northern Europe naturally, as has been proved by ringing recoveries and they are also found naturally on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia, eastern China, and throughout Japan.
A popular bird which has also been deliberately introduced in countries as far away as New Zealand. They are naturarally migratory but remain if food is plentiful.
Further Information: Wikipedia
Where these can be seen: Throughout Langstone Harbour coastline and surrounding land.