Today in Hawks around Town – Barnacle goose “a bird that’s never been seen in DC before in recorded birding history”


Barnacle goose, left. Photo by Patrick B. Newcombe

Thanks to Sadie for sending Saturday: “Dozens of DC birders are on a wild goose chase this weekend because a barnacle goose — a bird that’s never been seen in DC before in recorded birding history,

a bird that nests on Arctic coasts from northeastern Greenland east to Siberia, and should be wintering in northwestern Europe right now — has been sighted on the Potomac, canoodling with a raft of boring old Canada Geese.


Photo by Patrick B. Newcombe

This is not an escaped pet, so it’s therefore way cooler then NYC’s glamour duck.”

If you spot a hawk or any interesting wildlife around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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