Pink-footed Goose at Lake Muhlenberg

Corey Husic|

Yesterday, I finally had a chance to check Lake Muhlenberg in Allentown, Lehigh County, PA for the Pink-footed Goose discovered by Scott Burnet on January 7. The fog was extremely thick at first, making it extremely difficult to sort through the geese on the water. However, I eventually spotted the bird near the far side of the lake, but the view was terrible.

Pink-footed Goose in fog

By about 8:15, the fog had slowly started to lift. Right around this time, the goose swam across the lake and onto the adjacent grassy area, where it just stood for a few minutes allowing the large group of birders to get excellent views of this rare bird and its namesake pink feet!

Pink-footed Goose

After a few minutes on the grass, the goose waddled back to the lake.

Pink-footed Goose

Pink-footed Goose

At about 8:45, the goose took off, headed west, with a small group of Canada Geese. The smaller size, overall gray color, and white tail made this bird easy to spot as it flew.

Pink-footed Goose

Pink-footed Goose

Other birds of note at the lake included a single Lesser Black-backed Gull and a female Red-breasted Merganser.

Note: Today (January 13), the Pink-footed Goose was seen at Dorney Pond, which is about a mile away from Lake Muhlenberg.

About the Author

Corey Husic

Corey's interest in the natural world began at a very young age when he discovered the wonders of birds and birding. As he grew, his interests in the natural world expanded to include insects, native plants, and pretty much everything else in nature. He recently left home in eastern Pennsylvania for college in the Boston area. In the process, his yard list dropped from 185 to a whopping 23 (so far).