Date: 12/28/17 3:55 pm
From: Jacob Mathison <jacobmathison1...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Deschutes Emperor Goose Origin
To attack its ego, that is. I didn’t try to throttle this one.

On Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 3:48 PM Jacob Mathison <jacobmathison1...>

> Hi all,
> I saw the EMPEROR GOOSE at Scholes road today. It was a lifer! It’s
> cooperative, and it let me get good photos.
> I have been thinking, though: is it necessarily a wild bird? It has been
> hanging around farmland and near an urban mall, and Emperor Goose is
> frequent domestic bird. Could it be domestic? I checked the wingtips for
> signs of clipping, but didn’t see any. No apparent leg bands or scars from
> bands, either. Does anyone have a photo of the bird with its wings spread,
> though, as that would better show whether it had its wings clipped? That
> would be good to check.
> Are there any other signs of domesticity to check for? Any other thoughts?
> Some other highlights from the day include:
> An extremely cooperative AMERICAN DIPPER along the Deschutes River Trail.
> It came to within ten feet of me and let me get great pics.
> At least two male COMMON GOLDENEYES along the river.
> these are unusual because I don’t bird Central OR much).
> An interesting call that was somewhere between a Pine siskin and a
> Redpoll. Frustrating.
> (Oh, and sorry, Deschutes County, to attack your prized new bird ;-) )

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