Pink-footed Goose

Fig. 1. Pink-footed Goose – Dennis, MA – 19 January 1999 by J. R. Trimble

26 records

MARC numberDecisionSpecies#LocationArrivalDepartureObserversNotesReport
1999-024APink-footed Goose1Dennis Pines Golf Course, Barnstable Co.1/16/992/20/99Randy Fisher*, ph. D. Crockett, †S. Smolen-Morton, ph. †Jeremiah Trimbleneeds prior reviewe to be captured15
2009-010APink-footed Goose1Salt Pond, Falmouth, Barnstable Co.1/12/091/15/0914
2010-042APink-footed Goose1Sudbury/Concord, Middlesex Co.11/17/1012/26/10George Gove*, Jeremiah Trimble (ph), Erik Nielsen (ph), J. P. Smith (ph)16
2011-045APink-footed Goose1Turner's Falls, Franklin Co.10/26/1110/28/11J.P. Smith* (ph), C.&D. Fisher (ph)16
2011-048APink-footed Goose1Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus, Essex Co.12/11/1112/14/11P. Peterson, Ryan Schain (ph), Marshall Iliff, et al.17
2011-049APink-footed Goose1Muschopauge Pond, Rutland, Worcester Co.12/17/1112/18/11Mark Lynch, Kevin Bourinot*17
2012-083APink-footed Goose1Upper Artichoke Reservoir, Essex Co.10/20/1210/20/12George Gove (ph)17
2014-004APink-footed Goose1Pilgrim Rd., Hatfield/Whately, Hampshire Co.3/23/143/30/14ph. S. Motyl, Larry Therrien*19
2015-010APink-footed Goose1Turner's Falls Power Canal, Gill, Franklin Co.11/25/1511/25/15ph. James P. Smith*20
2016-001APink-footed Goose1Longmeadow area (various locations near Longmeadow along Connecticut River), Hampden Co.1/16/162/23/16ph. S. Motyl, A. Robblee*20
2016-022APink-footed Goose1West Newbury, Newburyport, and Ipswich, Essex Co.11/6/163/10/17Robert Gervais*21
2016-023APink-footed Goose1Stockbridge Rd., Hadley, UMass Amherst campus pond, Amherst, Hampshire Co.12/6/1612/10/17Larry Therrien* (ph)21
2016-024APink-footed Goose1Cambridge Reservoir and Concord Fields, Concord, Middlesex Co.12/4/1712/15/17Cliff Cook*, Jason Forbes (ph)21
2017-097APink-footed Goose1Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co.10/30/1710/30/17James Smith* (ph)22
2017-098APink-footed Goose1Granville Road, Westfield, Hampden Co.11/1/1711/2/17Griffin Richards* (ph)22
2017-099APink-footed Goose1Turner's Falls Rod and Gun, Franklin Co.11/5/1711/5/17Josh Layfield* (ph)22
2018-010APink-footed Goose1Berkley Bridge (Elm Street), Berkley; 392 Market Street, Swansea; Barney Avenue Fields, Rehoboth, Bristol Co.1/28/182/26/18Glenn d'Entremont*; Glen Chretien (ph), Liam Waters (ph), Jim Sweeney (ph)22
2018-069APink-footed Goose1Argilla-Northgate Fields, Ipwsiwch, Essex Co.11/8/1811/15/18Phil Brown* (ph)23
2019-086APink-footed Goose1Stephen's Field, Plymouth, Plymouth Co.12/1/1912/2/19John Galluzzo* (ph)24
2019-120APink-footed Goose1Longmeadow Flats, Longmeadow, Hampden Co.11/16/1911/23/19Ted Gilliland* (ph)24
2019-128APink-footed Goose1Somerset Reservoir & Quirck Mello Conservation Area, Somerset, Bristol Co.12/6/191/5/20Matthew Eckerson* (ph)24
2020-028APink-footed Goose1Rte. 105/Vaughan Hill Rd. fields, Rochester, Plymouth Co.2/23/203/20/20Brian Vigorito* (ph), Myer Bornstein*24
2020-032APink-footed Goose1UMass Dartmouth Campus, North Dartmouth, Bristol Co.3/28/203/28/20Zach Moser*, Dan Zimberlin (ph)24
2020-106APink-footed Goose1Duck Creek Marsh, Wellfleet & Eldredge Park & Boland Pond, Orleans, Barnstable Co.11/26/2012/27/20Peggy Sagan* (ph), Mark Faherty (ph)25
2021-025APink-footed Goose1362 Horseneck Rd, South Dartmouth, Bristol Co.1/26/214/25/21Arthur Rainville* (ph), Beverly King*, Carlo Molander* (ph), Sue Walas*25
2021-028APink-footed Goose1Forte Park, Newton, Middlesex Co.3/5/213/20/21Gary Oines* (ph), Marshall Iliff (ph) 25

Pink-footed Goose breeds in e. Greenland, Iceland, and Spitsbergen and winters in nw. Europe. The population is increasing and vagrants in the Northeast are occurring with increased frequency.

The first two Massachusetts records for Pink-footed Goose both hailed from Cape Cod during January. Both birds have been found among Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) flocks and have been widely seen and well-photographed. The 1999 bird was initially considered “origin uncertain”, but is currently being rereviewed.

STATUS IN THE EAST: The population of this species is growing rapidly in Iceland and Greenland. The first records from North America were from Newfoundland (10 May-3 Jun 1980; AB 34:755) and Quebec (6-21 Oct 1988). Since that time, there have been a number of additional records from Newfoundland (including a small flight in spring 1995), Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Quebec. Recent records from Rhode Island (two, Jan-Feb 2007, Newport) and Long Island (two, Nov 2007-Feb 2008) were thought to possibly pertain to the same wandering individuals. Some thought that the Massachusetts record and one in New York in 2009 may have pertained to the same individuals wandering separately, but we consider it unlikely given that goose pairs mate for life and that the rapid increase in eastern records supports the notion that multiple individuals might occur in the East in a given year. Some analyses were done of bill patterns of Pink-footed Geese on the East Coast in 2012-2013, and similar analyses might shed light on past and future records.

IDENTIFICATION NOTES: With good views, this species is distinctive with its stubby dark bill with a pinkish saddle, pink legs, and grayish body plumage. One Massachusetts record was briefly considered to pertain to Tundra Bean-Goose (Anser fabalis) or Taiga Bean-Goose (Anser serrirostris), but good views of the bill structure and leg color eliminated that possibility (bean-geese have orange legs vs. pink on Pink-footed). Tundra Bean-Goose has occurred in Nebraska and Quebec and should be considered a possible but extremely unlikely vagrant to Massachusetts.

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