As my route final Sunday went proper previous the realm that has hosted a Brant (Branta bernicla) for just a few weeks now, I finished in to see the domestically well-known fowl. Kelly Miller discovered it on December 6. The wayward sea goose couldn’t have picked a extra urbanized web site. The white background is the wall of an enormous Amazon warehouse, and the little goose is traipsing via turf grass amongst overly mulched decorative timber. It associates with the flocks of Canada Geese that inhabit the quite a few retention ponds.
The realm is nothing however gargantuan warehouses and scads of noisy, lumbering semi-trucks. A far cry from the wild northern tundra the place this fowl spends its summers. In winter, Brant usually is discovered alongside seacoasts. Whereas small numbers transfer via the Ohio waters of Lake Erie, Brant is sort of uncommon inland.
Here is what the realm appears like, courtesy of Google Earth. I marked the precise spot that I took the above picture, and the goose is generally seen on this space. Not precisely wilderness, however the Brant appears to be doing fantastic, and flies effectively. Why it selected such a web site is difficult to fathom. However many a landlubber birder has gotten their “life” – or at the very least “state” Brant as a result of it did.