BRENDA DUTTON OF Middlebury spied this white goose on Route 116 near the J.P. Carrara and Sons headquarters earlier this year, and watched it nurture a group of Canadian goose goslings throughout the summer. Dutton said the goose appears to be domesticated, and it did not fly south for the winter when the other geese took wing.
Dutton has been snapping photos of the goose with the striking orange beak ever since she first noticed it, throughout the summer and into the fall, when the other geese flew away. She says she’s not the only one — recently she’s seen a couple of other people out near the pond, trying to catch it and relocate it to somewhere where it will be safe from predators. Now it's alone on the pond, which is rapidly freezing over, and Dutton isn’t sure where it will go for the winter.
Photo Courtesy of Brenda Dutton