Canada Goose find (Vict.)

Subject: Canada Goose find (Vict.)
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 14:34:20 +1100
Interesting snippet for Melbourne birdos.

 A Melbourne-based animal rescue group captured a goose at the Kingston 
Public Golf Course (Melb. se suburbs) yesterday.  It turned out to be a 
Canada Goose - a tick that is now unavailable!

A colleague's enquiries of the golf course people established that this 
bird has been there for at least two years!  It was one of two geese - the 
other being a white one that was taken some time ago by a fox.  The Canada 
Goose used to follow golfers around the course.  Canada Geese are not 
known to be in captivity in Australia and this one may have come from New 

It is a bit of a concern that a striking species like this, with 
significant pest potential, could be here in a public place for so long 
without coming to the attention of birders and the authorities.

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.,
East Melbourne  3002


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