South of San Felipe Lake are acres of grassy pastures. On January 27th there were approximately 250 geese representing five species spread across the field closest to the levee road. Only a small percentage of the flock is visible in this photo, but all five species are recognizable. The most abundant goose with an estimated 200 individuals is the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). I also counted 18 diminutive Cackling Geese (B. hutchinsii). One dark individual is visible in the upper-left corner. Also in the foreground are six Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) and two Ross' Geese (C. rossii). The Ross's Geese are the round-headed, short-beaked white geese on the left. There are also around a dozen Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) (out of 41 total) in the center left of the flock.
The total species list for the day can be found here:
San Diego County, California, US
Multiple year permanent resident bird. It migrated down one winter and never left.
The Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) is a species of goose. The Greater White-fronted Goose is more closely related to the smaller Lesser White-fronted Goose (A. erythropus). In Europe it has been known as simply "White-fronted Goose"; in North America it is known as the Greater White-fronted Goose (or "Greater Whitefront"), and this name is also increasingly adopted internationally. It is named for the patch of white feathers bordering the base of its bill. But even...