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Bird of the day: March 30

March 31, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff

With its unmistakable ‘honking’ cry and long black neck and head, the Canada Goose is also known for a distinctive white ‘bib’ under its chin, along the side of its head. They make a strong visual impression, flying in migration in a ‘V’ formation. Then they make an even greater impact visually when they land ‘en masse’ on an open field or a golf course, strutting, foraging, and leaving their neat, grassy bowels behind in volume. Scientific name: Branta Canadensis. Considered obnoxious to others, including humans, they do not like to share their space. Thus, sightings in an urban area — even Brooklyn Bridge Park — are a few individualistic geese who have strayed from the massive flock in search of food. But the nearest open area, like a golf course in Dyker Heights or New Jersey, will likely be overrun by their flock-mates. Photo by Heather Wolf, author of BIRDING AT THE BRIDGEJoin the Eagle family of supporters and get daily updates and features (like bird of the day).


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