Birders: Susan and I saw a Barnacle Goose with twenty Canada Geese at Vernon James Tidewater Agricultural Station this afternoon. The flock was observed on the ground and in the air. They flew east from there. We checked the ponds along US 64 hoping to locate it again. No such luck. Also saw 55 Common Mergansers at Phelps Lake. Saw one Short-eared Owl at Alligator River NWR. Rich and Susan Boyd, Beaufort, NC.