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5 man limit for goose opener and special surprise

Postby PassinthruOutdoors » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:57 pm

Our Crew hit the farm today for the CT goose opener and we had a 5 man limit of ten birds by 7:50am with a very unexpected surprise.

We had some fog and light rain to to deal with today, which kept the geese low and somewhat quiet and hard to see until they were close. The first flock came through but wasn't interested so we sent one of our guys out the blind to take a pee and Jim decided to make a honk to tease him and sure enough a goose sounded back. This flock of about 12 come in and committed to the X and we dropped 5 - the 5th was on a bird pushing the range and trying to get away from us but Jim would have none of that. The best part about this bird was both a neck band and leg band - more on that later. The next flock came in and we were able to break 3 off and committed to the spread and all 3 stayed with us. We ended up with another two small flocks and pulled two away and into the X to finish off the 10 bird limit.

We didn't pay much attention to the banded bird when we picked it up until we were packing up and noticed the leg band was NOT a federal band but listed as Zoological Museum Copenhagen Denmark. We did some research back at the house and found some information on European banding projects and noticed there were two goose banding projects that matched the neck color banding scheme - one in Greenland and one in Russia. After a little more research I found a post on a hunting forum (see link below) from someone who had shot a goose in Jan 2011 that had the same type of neck and leg bands and the information he got back was the the goose was banded in Greenland in 2008. Seen in CT in 2009 and seen again in Greenland in 2010 before being harvested in NJ in 2011. I also checked out a Wiki page on the Greenland project that listed other birds with the GN1 color. We sent off emails on the reports and are awaiting feedback but it looks good that this goose was from one of those banding projects - most likely the Greenland project.

Here are some links on the information we found:
http://greenland2011.wikispaces.com/...nd+resightings - You can see the same color ID GN1 in the table lower on the page as well as see information on another bird reported with the GN1 color.
http://www.newjerseyhunter.com/article97483.htm - Posting from a hunter who took a goose with similar collar and band in Jan 2011 which is where I got the location information above.

Some Pictures to go with the words.



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Re: 5 man limit for goose opener and special surprise

Postby ctdeathfrombelow » Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:48 pm

Awesome! Good to hear some success stories finally and congrats on the rare band!! :thumbsup:
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Re: 5 man limit for goose opener and special surprise

Postby drakedog123 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:46 pm

That's one you'll never forget! I read a post on another site about a guy from Prince Edward Island had shot two Canada's this year with the same bands. That's really amazing to see one this far south. Congratulations .
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Re: 5 man limit for goose opener and special surprise

Postby spider316 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:38 pm

Hey Pass, who is the handsome bastard on the far right :yes: ! Is he on DHC ? If so, PM me. I got dirt on him from the 29th at Cabelas :beer: !
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Re: 5 man limit for goose opener and special surprise

Postby mosherd1 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:04 pm

Congrats Jim! That would be amazing to harvest a bird with that kind of mileage under its belt! An opening day to remember for sure!
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Re: 5 man limit for goose opener and special surprise

Postby Fallinskys16 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:00 am

Hey is this in skyline?
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Re: 5 man limit for goose opener and special surprise

Postby PassinthruOutdoors » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:07 am

[url][/url]Jim got back an email last night confirming his banded goose was one of the geese from the Greenland banding project and was most recently in Greenland this summer - The bird must have lost the Tarsus band mentioned below as only the Collar and the metal Denmark band were on the bird. It was recently sighted in Greenland this past July.

Dear Jim (and very many thanks to you Rose as ever, nice to open another season!)

I write from Denmark to thank you very sincerely for kindly reporting the information relating to the Canada Geese bearing the yellow collar GNI. This goose was indeed banded in Greenland, part of a project to mark Greenland White-fronted and Canada Geese in west Greenland over several years, and your report is of great interest because as you will see, this bird has been reported several times elsewhere, including in Connecticut in previous winters and was reported from Greenland this summer!
The goose was captured and banded as an adult female on 23 July 2008 on a lake known to us as lake “F” in an area known as Isunngua (few of the lake have names in this area!), immediately north of the airport at Kangerlussuaq in west Greenland. This has been a study area for our investigations on and off over many years. On that occasion, it was banded with a yellow collar and yellow tarsus band bearing the same engraved combination and the metal Copenhagen Zoological Museum leg band 2H-8582 as you reported.

I have taken the liberty of attaching four files at the bottom of this mail for your information - one containing the listing with your observation (alas yours is the very first report this autumn, so there are no other reports so far!) another containing all the reports from last winter and a pdf file containing a short (now very out of date) paper describing our earlier findings (this file need Adobe Reader to open - let me know if you cannot open this). Also another new article we wrote about the origins of these Greenland Canada Geese. If you would like a little more information about the project in summer 2009 up until now, you can find this at:
http://greenland2010.wikispaces.com/Rec ... esightings
.with an update from this year via the link on the bottom of the list in the Word document.
We do very much appreciate the trouble to which you have gone to find the right source to report these geese and are delighted to have received the information! We are always very pleased to learn where our Greenland geese turn up, so thanks for making the effort! Do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like further information!
All very best wishes, enormous thanks again and look forward to hearing more from you soon!
Tony Fox
Department of Bioscience

University of Aarhus

Here are the reported sightings of GNI since it was banded in 2008.
GNI caught Isunngua, West Greenland, July 2008

GNI 12.11.2008 Northford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA 41°24’33.20”N 72°47’09.18”W RESIGHT
GNI 14.11.2008 North Broadford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
41°24’20.62”N 72°47’02.80”W RESIGHT
GNI 28.11.2008 Cooke Road, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
41°25’37.30”N 72°45’54.91”W RESIGHT
GNI 15.07.2009 Lake C, Isunngua, West Greenland RESIGHT
GNI 23.09.2009 Putnam, Connecticut, USA 41°54’21”N 71°56’15”W RESIGHT
GNI 19.05.2010 Lake C, Isunngua, West Greenland RESIGHT
GNI 24.05.2010 Lake C, Isunngua, West Greenland RESIGHT
GNI 02.06.2010 Lake C, Isunngua, West Greenland 67°06.5’N 50°29.0’W RESIGHT
GNI 07.06.2010 Lake C, Isunngua, West Greenland 67°06.5’N 50°29.0’W RESIGHT
GNI 24.07.2012 Lake C, Isunngua, West Greenland 67°06.5’N 50°29.0’W RESIGHT

This goose logged many miles since is tagging and if you read up on some of the other birds from this program they have been seen as far south as Maryland.

Make sure you report any collared bird sightings and of course those banded birds that are harvested for the table.
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