Pink-footed Goose

Anser brachyrhynchus

This Pink-footed Goose was frequenting farm fields and small pond on the outskirts of St. John’s in March and April 2010.
– Photo: Jared Clarke (March 19 2010)

Status: Rare (Less than annual)

Origins: Breeds in Iceland, Svalbard and eastern Greenland, wintering in northwestern Europe. It is a rare (but increasingly regular) vagrant to North America.

Record Details: Ten records of ten individuals – all but three in spring. (1) First recorded for the province in St. Anthony (May-early June, 1980). (2-5) Five individuals were reported after a strong weather system in spring 1995 at Port Union (2, April 29 – May 14), L’Anse aux Meadows (May 2-26), Outer Cove (May 6-16) and St. Anthony (mid-late May). (6) Another individual was shot by a hunter at Frenchman’s Cove, Burin Peninsula in late September (year unknown) and mounted.  (7) An individual was just outside St. John’s from March 15 – April 24, 2010. (8) The longest staying individual was first photographed on a field in Goulds (St. John’s) on November 19, 2012. It stayed in the area for several weeks, eventually moving to Bowring Park (St. John’s) where it remained until ~April 27, 2013 and marked the first ever winter record. (9) An individual was photographed by visiting birders in Bonavista on October 11, 2013. Presumably the same bird was relocated in Bonavista on November 8-11, 2013. (10) An individual was well described from Bay de Verde on May 24-25, 2014 — immediately following a big influx of European/Greenland birds to the island.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

This Pink-footed Goose was discovered and photographed on a farm field in Goulds (St. John’s) on November 19, 2012 – the second fall record for the province. Interestingly, it was only a few kilometres from the immediately previous record.
– Photo: Lisa de Leon

Newfoundland's 8th Pink-footed Goose eventually took up residence at Bowring Park for the winter, remaining until late April 2013. - Photo: Jared Clarke (April 20, 2013)

Newfoundland’s 8th Pink-footed Goose eventually took up residence at Bowring Park for the winter, remaining until late April 2013.
– Photo: Jared Clarke (April 20, 2013)

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