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Finding the Right Anser

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Finding the right Anser is not an easy task. Then again, that all depends on which one you are looking for. In New York State, the "right Anser," as I see it, is the Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus). I last laid eyes on a Pink-foot almost a year ago, after I reported one on 2/21/12 in Holtsville, NY. I detailed many goose herds leading up to that day, I couldn't pass up on any herd, and it finally paid off. It was great to study this rare visitor from eastern Greenland. One of my earliest blog posts was written about this goose. Story and photos can be seen here: http://dereksnest.blogspot.com/2012/02/pink-footed-goose.html
The genus Anser includes several geese, sometimes characterized as "grey geese." The Greater White-Fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) is among this genus and is a far more familiar sight on Long Island. That being said, they are still notable and great to look at. Pink-footed Goose was not an annual species in New York until very recent…