Re: no Bean Goose today (3/10)

Dave Weeshoff

In response to Andrew's concern about the welfare of the Bean Goose, I've copied information from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife regarding Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Geese are by far the most reported wild birds which succumb to HPAI. Vultures are a distant second, with the notion they are infected by foraging on infected birds.

  • Before transporting potentially sick wild birds to wildlife rehabilitation centers, veterinary clinics or other animal facilities, contact the facility for guidance and to determine if the bird should be collected.
  • If recreating outdoors in areas with large concentrations of waterfowl and other waterbirds, wash clothing and disinfect footwear and equipment before traveling to other areas or interacting with domestic birds.
  • Where it can be done so safely, consider disposing of dead birds to help reduce exposure to new birds and minimize scavenging by birds and mammals that also may be susceptible to infection.
Dave Weeshoff

On Friday, March 10, 2023 at 04:10:01 PM PST, howe395 via <howe395@...> wrote:

This afternoon (3/10), my father Vernon Howe and I looked for the Tundra Bean Goose. No geese of any flavor were visible at Piute Ponds, although there are many places difficult to scope. We were not allowed access to the Lancaster Sewage Ponds but found the eleven Canada Geese the bird has been running with in their customary field visible from the shoulder of Highway 14. Although the Bean Goose certainly could have present but hunkered down, we looked from several different vantage points and the eleven Canada Geese walked about fifty yards over the course of about ten minutes. It certainly appeared as if the bird was not there.

Given that the bird’s right wing droop while standing and walking apparently progressed between Monday and Wednesday (to the point of almost dragging it on the ground), and that even though being seen yesterday morning with its eleven friends did not accompany them in their flight to the sewer ponds, I fear the worst. Of course, it could be hiding in either the Piute or sewer pond complexes, or perhaps it simply decided to move on, but those who anytime soon bird especially the southern edge of Big Piute may want to be on the lookout for a specimen.


Andrew Howe
Riverside, CA

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