This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: NEW GOOSE SPECIES DISCOVERED
A team of Californian naturalists has described an endangered new species of bird hidden deep within the rocky crevices of the Sierra County High Country
Some 2 million species of plants, animals and other assorted organisms have been discovered on Earth. Perhaps millions are left to be discovered and described.
Today Camera Trapping Campus has that distinct honor.
The new species belongs to Anser, a genus of waterfowl (grey geese & some white) in the family Anatidae.
It is a difficult-to-see creature, living mostly among the large boulders of talus slope. With its grey dominant plumage, camouflage is provided to avoid both predators from above and large ground-stalking mammals, like California's only known Wolverine.
Further studies are needed to determine feeding habits, though it is theorized that they eat lichen from the boulders. It is definitely known that they don't like lettuce.
One vocalization is known: a low grunt, "rrrrr".
The rare goose was first spotted at 6300 feet with canine assistance, as the barking by a naturalist's dog alerted the group to scan the slope for animal presence.
"these chumps are lost without me"
The recommended common name is Northern Scree Goose.