I have just spotted a BRANT at Harrison Hot Springs!!!
I first found it in a flock of Canada Geese on the inner edge of the lagoon. Then it flew down the beach toward the west, and I found it again just a few minutes ago grazing on the lawn by the lookout and public washrooms. It is the Black supspecies, and I think it may be a juvenile. It is noticabley smaller than the Canada Geese, has a dull black neck and chest (the black breast did not contrast as much as the other subspecies), a faint sprinkling of white around the neck, a white belly, and black legs and feet. When it flew I think it might have been grunting or something and it did not sound like the typical Canada Geese.
Here's another photo just before my camera's batteries died. The juvenile brant was eating clover between 3:30 and 4:30 this afternoon. It was very approachable and hardly moved for even dogs. I figure it is hungry. First time I have ever seen one in HHS. However a few years ago one was amongst a flock of Canada on Tuyttens Road 1/2 way between Whelpton and Whorly Roads. Janne Perrin Harrison Hot Springs
That's a flock of "Canada geese" the previous brant was with. Yes Isaac, it is about the size of a mallard to my eyes. The white tips to the feathers of the wing coverts identifies it as a juvenile as does the incomplete white neck marking. An older reference book(1978)I have named "Wildfowl of the World" call the dark form a Pacific brant(B.b.nigricans. Janne Perrin)