I grabbed my camera and took off. The field was near the road and the geese were feeding peacefully when I arrived. Howard pointed out the White-fronted. This goose is a little over half the size of the Canada, and while their colorations are similar, the White-front, as its name implies, has a distinct white face,orange beak and legs, and a distinct white stripe along its side with a speckled belly. The orange beak and legs distinguish it from the Canada.
This sighting represents a very rare presence of this species in North Carolina. It nests in the Tundra, and migrates along our middle and western flyways. We are very fortunate to have this visitor. If you live in the area, take a side trip out to the Bradford creek area and check the ponds and fields--you may get a peek!! Enjoy the pictures below taken yesterday---