A Michigan First: Birdwatchers Flock North to See Pink the Footed Goose
There are a lot of great reasons to head to Northern Michigan, but this week there's one more. Birdwatchers from all over the Midwest are flocking to the area to get a glimpse of the 'pink-footed goose' as it lands in Michigan for the very first time.
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What is the Pink-Footed Goose?
The Pink-Footed Goose (or technically, Anser brachyhynchus) is a medium-sized goose that usually measures about 24 to 30 inches long, and weighs about 4 to 7 and a half pounds. The creature breeds in eastern Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, and Novaya Zemlya.
Its outstanding feature, however, is its bright pink feet.
A First in Michigan
The birds typically live in Iceland, Greenland, and parts of Northern Europe. They're occasionally spotted along the Eastern Seaboard region of the United States, but never in here in the Mitten State.
Birdwatchers and aficionados from all over the Midwest are flocking to the small town of Kingsley. (Yes, flocking!) Kingsley is located about 15 miles south of Traverse City in Northwest Michigan.
"First time you've ever seen it in your life, and here it is in a farm field in Kingsley, Michigan. It's crazy," one enthusiastic birdwatcher tells Up North Live in the video below. "To see a bird this rare, it's just mindblowing."
No one knows exactly how long the Pink-Footed Goose will stick around, but the experts gathered this week in Kingsley expect that it will hang around for a few more days.