Greater White-fronted Goose at Nisqually Refuge

Greater White Fronted Goose


I took these photos at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Thurston County, Washington.   It’s the first time I’ve seen the Greater White Fronted Goose, but I have a feeling that it won’t be the last time!  Depending on the range map, they either stay here all Winter, or are just moving through on their migratory journey far north.  They spend their summers in Alaska, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and the Nunavut.

I actually didn’t realize that they were geese when I saw them.  I just thought they were some large duck.  But my husband knew they were geese right away.  The only geese I am familiar with are the Canada and Cackling Geese.

There were at least 4 of these White Fronted Geese right next to the Nisqually Estuary Trail.  They were doing all sorts of lovely poses for me.  Aren’t they funny looking?  At least I can remember their name by their funny white face.  I love it when names actually describe a bird’s appearance.


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