I picked up on the report posted on SOS of a Red-breasted Goose on Henfield Levels and with the sun shining this morning I went to take a look. It took a bit of searching but I eventually found it whilst viewing from the Downslink Path although it was very distant. It was with a flock of about a dozen Greylags although I later found it in a mixed flock with Greylags and Canada Geese.
|With mixed flock of Greylags and Canada Geese.|
You will have to be very lucky if you want to get close to this bird. The Greylags make excellent guards. They start giving alarm calls if you get within about 100 metres of them and take flight if you approach any closer. There is good cover along the Downslink path but the river bank is very open and people walking along the bank were putting them to flight.
There was another Red-breasted Goose flying with Greylags reported in the same area in March last year. Perhaps it is making a return visit.
Yesterday we had another unusual Goose, a single Barnacle on the Breech Pool at Pagham Harbour. This time associating with Brents.