Greater White-fronted Goose

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Greater White-fronted Goose: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Anser albifrons
Locale   Sp     Su     F     W     Br  
SE Alaska (edit) FC VR U VR -
Yakutat (edit) C - C - -
Skagway (edit) + - - - -
Haines (edit) U + U + -
Glacier Bay (edit) FC VR FC VR -
Juneau (edit) FC U O VR -
Sitka (edit) U + U VR -
Stikine (edit)
S Outer Islands (edit)
Ketchikan (edit) C VR U - -
Offshore (edit)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons): Fairly Common in spring and Uncommon in fall migration except in northern Lynn Canal, with most individuals not spending long in the region. Occasional stragglers linger into summer or winter.

When not flying overhead, found along salt water beaches, meadows, and lakes.

Observations are primarily of subspecies A. a. frontalis, likely breeding in western and northwestern Alaska. There are occasional sightings of the larger and darker subspecies A. a. gambeli (also known as Tule Goose), which breeds around Cook Inlet in southcentral Alaska.

  • Typical migration window for spring and fall?
  • Northern Lynn Canal outside typical flyway?
  • More likely to fly over without stopping in the fall? (cf. BoW account)
  • High counts?






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