A couple of weeks ago I read about a sighting of a rare Emperor Goose in the area. I didn’t give it a lot of attention because I figured by that time it had long gone. But yesterday, while stalking my heron, I talked with a birder who told me the goose was still in the area and where it had been sighted. So this morning I got up at the crack of dawn and went to the river where it has been seen associating with other geese. And sure enough, there it was, among the Canada Geese and Greater White-Fronted Geese.
There were a few other birders with cameras out to photograph this goose which is generally found in Alaska and Siberia. According to the Audubon Society, the Emperor Goose is a threatened species possibly due to hunting, water pollution or climate change.