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"Greater White-fronted Goose"
Greater White-fronted Goose:    The AOU has listed the Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons, AOU 171) as "White-fronted Goose", "European White-fronted Goose", again "White-fronted Goose", and then finally the "Greater White-fronted Goose".


The Greater White-fronted Goose was discovered by Lewis and Clark during their 1805/1806 exploration of the Columbia River. Captain Lewis wrote about the Goose on March 15, 1806 while at Fort Clatsop.

"... There is a third speceis of brant in the neighbourhood of this place which is about the size and much the form of the pided brant. ... a little distance around the base of the beak is white and is suddonly succeeded by a narrow line of dark brown ... the breast and belly are white with an irregular mixture of black feathers which give that part a pided appearance ... first saw them below tide-water ..."

 
April ... Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Cackling Geese and one Greater White-fronted Goose, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon. Mostly cloudy spring day. Image taken April 1, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


September ... Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon ...

Image, 2012, Fernhill Wetlands, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Greater White-fronted Goose, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon. Beautiful warm sunny summer day. Image taken September 4, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


September ... Lacamas Lake, Washington ...

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Greater White-fronted Geese, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken September 25, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200mm.
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Greater White-fronted Goose, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken September 25, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200mm.
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Greater White-fronted Geese, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken September 25, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200mm.
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Greater White-fronted Geese, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken September 25, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200mm.


October ... Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon ...

Image, 2012, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Greater White-fronted Goose, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon. Beautiful sunny fall day. Image taken October 7, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


November ... Marine Park, Vancouver, Washington ...

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Greater White-fronted/Canada Goose "family" (???), Marine Park, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Greater White-fronted/Canada Goose "family" (???), Marine Park, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Greater White-fronted/Canada Goose "family" (???), Marine Park, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Greater White-fronted Goose and Greater White-fronted/Canada Goose hybrid (???), Marine Park, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Greater White-fronted Goose and Greater White-fronted/Canada Goose hybrid (???), Marine Park, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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"Bird 1" ... Greater White-fronted Goose, Marine Park, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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"Bird 1" ... Greater White-fronted Goose, Marine Park, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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"Bird 2" ... Greater White-fronted/Canada Goose hybrid (???), Marine Park, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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"Bird 2" ... Greater White-fronted/Canada Goose hybrid (???), Marine Park, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

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Greater White-fronted Geese. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 3, 2007.

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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Greater White-fronted Goose images
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Greater White-fronted Goose. In flock of Cackling Geese. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 16, 2008.


December ... Vancouver, Washington ...

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Greater White-fronted Goose, Vancouver, Washington. Gray damp overcast day. Image taken December 15, 2011. Sony HX100v.



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