Sunday 5 February 2023

Tundra Beans

Tundra Bean Geese are a pretty scarce winter visitor to the York area, so it was great to see these four in front of Tower Hide yesterday afternoon. A confused Pink-foot was hanging out with them, which gave a useful comparison, of it's smaller size, slighter head and beak, and pink feet and bill band, compared to the chunkier Beans, with their orange feet and bill band. One, possibly two of the Beans seemed to be youngsters, with pale fringing on the coverts. Later on, Phil picked up one of the mobile redhead Smew on the refuge, as it flew past. It then landed distantly and started to feed.

Tundra Bean Geese, with Pink-footed Goose in top two pics, on the left. Bottom vid, Smew.

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