Date: 3/3/17 1:21 pm From: Mark Korducki <korducki...> Subject: [wisb] Re: Uncommon Goose species trifecta - Milwaukee County
Mike this is a very unusual occurrence for Milwaukee. Greater White-fronted Geese are historically quite hard to find in the county. I have been birding in the county for over 30 years and this was only my second sighting of this species. It's unusual to have one stay in one spot for so long too like the Veteran's Park bird is doing. Interesting that it is in the same spot that the cooperative Ross's Goose was last month.
Mark Korducki, New Berlin
-----Original Message----- From: Mike Wanger Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 2:04 PM To: Birding on the net Subject: [wisb] Uncommon Goose species trifecta - Milwaukee County
Hi fellow Birders, This morning Marilyn Bontly and I noted that the Greater White-fronted Goose is still lingering along the downtown lakefront, just south of the Veterans Park Lagoon. Northridge Lake yielded seven Snow Geese and a Ross's Goose, along with several hundred Canada, some standard gulls, Mallards, and a pair of Hooded Merganser. Thanks to Barb Kellerman for letting us know they were still present at Northridge.
One of the Snow is rather interesting -- dark all over except for white near the base of the bill, and a white eye-ring.
This may be "ho hum" for certain other counties, but for an over-developed metro county like Milwaukee, this just might be a "first": White-fronted, Snow, and Ross's all in-county at once. A real treat. (I haven't been birding all that long -- maybe an old-timer can tell me otherwise......Bernie Sloan? Are you still out there?)
(Northridge Lake is on Brown Deer Road at about North 70th Street.)