mixed geese

Robert J. Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>

1 November 2006 - Wednesday - There is a resident flock of 80 to 100
Canada Geese (Great Basin subspecies Branta canadensis moffitti )
that hangs around the Hopland/Sanel Valley area. They use farm
ponds in the Feliz Creek drainage and Hopland area, and can be seen
each morning feeding south of Feliz Creek road... on the opposite
side of Feliz Creek in the large bare field (used to be
vineyard). They also use the farm pond west of and along Hwy 101
just south of the CDF fire station ... and they also use the Crowfoot
Ranch permanent pasture field about 1/2 mile north of Jepson
Winery. 1 Gr.White0fronted Goose has been with them for a couple
weeks and today 5 Cackling Geese (Aleutian subspecies Branta
hutchinsii leucopareia ) joined the group. Throughout the fall and
winter it is always good to view these Canada Goose groups for the
"unexpected" visiting goose species that may show up. Good
birding. Bob Keiffer

Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html

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