Sunday, March 09, 2008

March 9 - Eastern Long Island geese

This was an incredibly windy day with sustained winds in the twenties, and gusts that seemed to touch forty ! The life-bird of Ross' Goose was finally seen after trying for over 4 hours. Many thanks to Seth A, who was kind enough to call me once he had located the bird !! I had just finished lunch and was preparing to head back home. I certainly would not have gotten the bird without the phone call. The bird was seen among Canada Geese in a farm field near Water Mill in the town of Southampton.
credit: Dean Edwards

This excellent comparison shows the diminutive Ross' Goose in front of the larger Snow Goose:

credit: Bill Schmoker

Otherwise some good birds seen in the vicinity of Southhampton were Kestrel, Cooper's Hawk, and Red-Tailed Hawk. Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-Necked Duck, Ruddy Duck , Mallerd, and Black Duck were seen along with Canada Geese and Snow Geese.