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 another containing all the reports from last winter and a pdf file containing a short (now very out of date) paper describing our earlier findings (this file need Adobe Reader to open - let me know if you cannot open this).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!
Department of Bioscience
University of Aarhus
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
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