Date: 11/9/20 9:17 pm
From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Snow Goose encounter
Well done and well said, Dave!

Charlie La Rosa
So. Washington

On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 11:29 PM David Guertin <dave...> wrote:

> On Sunday morning I was at the Dead Creek goose viewing area before
> dawn, which was entirely devoid of birds save for a lone raven croaking
> from a tree. But as the sun rose I was privileged to witness a massive
> flight of Snow Geese as they flew up from the creek to the fields,
> circling for several minutes before landing in the field in front of us.
> The cacophony of what I estimated to be 1800 geese was deafening and
> thrilling.
> Fortunately for those of us standing on the road, the geese settled down
> right up close to the fence, where we had great views of their behavior,
> standing around, feeding, walking, honking, and doing various goosey
> things. One of my goals for the morning was to find a Ross's Goose, so I
> carefully scanned the enormous white haystack for a slightly smaller and
> shorter-billed needle (which I found!), during which I came across a
> Snow Goose with a numbered neck band. I reported the band number to the
> Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and just received a reply that my
> Addison County goose is a female, banded on August 12, 2013 on the South
> Plain of Bylot Island, Nunavut. (Of course I looked it up on a map; it's
> off the north coast of Baffin island.)
> It's no news that Snow Geese nest in the arctic, but seeing the
> pinpointed location for this particular goose somehow makes it more
> vivid, and I can just picture this goose settling on her nest across the
> bay from Greenland, year after year, and then making the long journey to
> the southern U.S. coast, stopping by our little state to fuel up. It's
> something to remind myself if I ever find myself getting blasé about
> just another migrating goose.
> Dave G.
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