Date: 1/4/21 9:47 am From: David Campbell (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Re: Deflated, but makes since and very glad to know th...
A couple of counties over, we had an Egyptian Goose a few years ago show up at the campus pond at Gardner-Webb, in southwestern Cleveland County, NC. It stuck around for a while. Certainly not particularly wild in its behavior, along with the mallards of wild and non-wild feather pattern, the Canada geese, a few farm geese, and the generally brownish muscovies. The muscovies are breeding.
On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 10:35 AM Simon Thompson <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> Thanks Mike and Kent > I have been wondering where our Buncombe County, NC Egyptian Geese have > been coming from and I doubt very much if there's a local wildfowl park > from where they keep escaping. Our local population varies a little, but > there are 4-6 birds around Lake Julian Park and at other localities in the > county. Birds have paired off, but no evidence of nesting has been > recorded.......yet! > As to where these birds are coming from; I doubt South Florida. I have > discovered there are lots of reports on eBird from Sparta in Central > Georgia. I believe there is a turf farm (not open for visitors) where there > have been over 20 birds reported on multiple occasions since 2017. It's > only 165 miles (as the goose flies) from Sparta to Asheville, so it's not > unreasonable to believe our birds originate from this GA population. It > would certainly be easier to find out this information if all of the > reports were in eBird from Georgia to the Carolinas. It's probably only a > matter of time before they are widespread throughout the southeast. I doubt > if they would have any problem with the weather here in the winter as they > are now common and widespread in most of western Europe. > I for one enjoy seeing them as they're an attractive addition to our local > avifauna. > Simon > > Simon RB Thompson > > Ventures Birding Tours > https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.birdventures.com__;!!OToaGQ!9cQNxg7bJ7aHp6S4PZDLd32aGoLkuyGSxp2xq1HAYdAvgpNs-uSfzmTIZZpVnkCmvmM$ > <https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.birdventures.com__;!!OToaGQ!_x1RyUkZHlDEfUnjec771p3mfLcNueIoK-HPPvikvKs71Je00Z-pK6T1z3xOPYskH8M$> > > >> -- Dr. David Campbell Associate Professor, Geology Department of Natural Sciences Box 7270 Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs NC 28017