Apr 092024

Three Russian White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) arrived and set up base in fields at Ingleby, alongside the Rive Trent. They were first recorded in February and were still present on 5th April 2024. Albifrons, which is the NE Europe, N.Siberian race, is identified from the Greenland race, (A. flavirostris) by the pink bill colour, smaller size and not so bold black patches on the belly. I presumed that the three birds were a family party as the adults were with a first winter bird. I managed to see them fairly close to the edge of the river Trent on 16 March 2024, after recent flooding had closed access to the site area.

First winter Russain White-fronted Goose
One of the two adult Russian White-fronted Goose
The three Russian White-fronted Geese at Ingleby, South Derbyshire – 16/3/2024

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