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brant

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brant goose,

common name for a species of wild sea goose. The American brant, Branta bernicla, breeds in the Arctic and winters along the Atlantic coast. The head, neck, and tail are black, the back brownish gray, and the under parts grayish white. Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is their staple food. The Old World barnacle goose, B. leucopsis, so named because it was thought to grow out of barnacles attached to driftwood, is very similar to the brant and is an occasional visitor to North America. The black brant migrates from its arctic breeding grounds to the Pacific coast. White brant is an alternate name for the snow goose, which belongs to the same family, and gray, or prairie, brant refers to the American white-fronted goose. Brants are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Anseriformes, family Anatidae.
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Strangford Lough is by far the most important site in the world for the eastern Canadian population of the Light-bellied Brent Goose.
In a study along the Dutch mainland coast, a low density of Artemisia in grassy swards was sufficient to reduce Brent Goose grazing (D.
Ulster's Mr Green, Brian Black - you know what I mean - went on the trail of the lonesome Brent goose.
Flooded fields in Penrhyn Bay attracted a Mediterranean Gull, Pink-footed Goose and Dark-bellied Brent Goose, the latter locally rarer than the Palebellied Brents that winter on the Menai Strait.
Few will make it to North Wales, but a pale-bellied brent goose from Greenland was an early arrival at Foryd Bay.
On Sagastyr Island, 200 brent goose nests were counted in June, but only 20 of these produced young, and only two goslings were still alive on 31 July.
A couple of Arctic Terns were very late visitors to Holyhead, while Pale-bellied Brent Goose numbers near 200 in Beddmanarch Bay.
A spoonbill was again at Anglesey's Malltraeth Cob, Mediterranean gulls were reported from the Alaw estuary, Traeth Dulas and Abergwyngregyn, with an early brent goose also there.
For species such as the grey plover and dark-bellied brent goose, whose populations peaked in the early 1990s, after long periods of increase, numbers are now declining steadily.
Our data come mainly from three sources: observational records collected by staff working from the Canadian Museum of Nature's (CMN) research station at Polar Bear Pass, Bathurst Island, from 1968 to 1989 (including work on nearby Seymour Island in 1974-77); research results from the University College Dublin's (UCD) Irish Brent Goose Expeditions to Bracebridge Inlet in 1984, 1986, and 1987; and Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) banding expeditions and surveys to Bracebridge Inlet in 1984-88.
pReader Neil Roberts has had a busy early autumn out on the mosses -- a dark phase juvenile arctic skua inland on the Withins at Altcar; two short eared owls around Sefton Church and a light bellied brent goose with a flock of 10, 000 pink feet.