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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
PostPosted: Jan 28 6:08 pm 
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Unfortunately, there was no sign of the PFGO today.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
PostPosted: Jan 29 6:53 pm 
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Looks like the PFGO have moved on. Several observers looked for them again today but no sightings.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
PostPosted: Jan 30 6:37 pm 
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There was no sign again of the PFGO I think we can safely say they have moved on.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
PostPosted: Jan 31 1:34 pm 
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Well the PFGO have not moved on at all. I'm glad to be wrong! Mike McGrenere refound them in a field with 200 CANG and 10 GWFG on the Lochside Trail, South of Lohbrunner. They can only be seen right now from the Blenkinsop Trestle.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
PostPosted: Jan 31 3:55 pm 
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that's good to hear. the Lochside Trail is 18 miles long, so if they are around Galey Farms area on Blenkinsop Lake, they have traveled towards town about 10(?) miles from Martindale Flats.


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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
PostPosted: Jan 31 7:28 pm 
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Hi Cheryl,

Here is where Mike stood on Lochside Trail to view the geese from the Blenkinsop Trestle:

https://goo.gl/maps/2obrRY7vu2w

Here is a map to where the geese were feeding in the fields:

https://goo.gl/maps/qoZJU1qNAmG2

The geese were not there later in the afternoon when he checked so the flock is moving around.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
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The PFGO are now back in the field South of Martindale Road.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
PostPosted: Feb 01 5:31 pm 
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Multiple observers had the geese all day in the same field as this morning.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
PostPosted: Feb 01 9:42 pm 
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from today

Image'running the gauntlet' by Jody Wells, on Flickr


also very fun to see 5 goose sp. in close proximity

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
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Nice job Jody.

It's nice that you can get a six goose day in the area without much effort.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
PostPosted: Feb 02 3:00 pm 
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The PFGO continue today in the fields between Martindale Rd and Dooley.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
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Multiple observers had the PFGO today. The birds were relocated in the field north of St Margaret's School in Victoria. Please do not enter school grounds from Mon-Friday during school hours. At 3:15pm they flew from the school and were last seen in the north field of Galey Farms at 4:15pm. Galey farm is located at 4150 Blenkinsop Rd in Victoria.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
PostPosted: Feb 04 9:57 pm 
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Here's an eBird checklist with some photos from today:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34164343

CTV also picked up the story today and filmed the geese and interviewed Ann Nightingale about it. You can read the story here:

http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/pink-footed-goose-birdwatchers-flock-to-central-saanich-to-see-rare-bird-1.3271523

Or, head to the 6m 45s mark of the 6 p.m. news here:

http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1049110&binId=1.1777488&playlistPageNum=1

Hopefully the news link will work, but I am not sure how long it will stay functional.

Good birding,
Jeremy Gatten
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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
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Nicely done Gatten. Some of the best shots I've seen of the geese and nice looks at those legs!

Great to see these celebrities made the news, good job Ann.

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 Post subject: Re: RBA: PINK-FOOTED GEESE in Saanich
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The PFGO were relocated just now in the field north of St. Margaret's School. The school is located at 1080 Lucas Ave, Victoria.

Please only visit the school grounds after school hours (Mon-Fri).

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