[Tweeters] "Blue Geese" Vancouver Lake area

Kelly McAllister mcallisters4 at comcast.net
Tue Jan 7 19:00:19 PST 2014

I don't know very much about Snow Geese and I was surprised to see at least
20,000 (at least one estimate on Ebird said "50,000") on Smithville Lake
near Kansas City, Missouri two weeks ago. When Bald Eagles scared them into
flight, it was a huge swirling flock visible from great distances. Perhaps
it's a sight seen often in the Skagit. The other thing that surprised,
besides the number of geese, was the large proportion of blue phase geese. I
don't know the percentage but 10% wouldn't surprise me. There were lots blue
phase Snow Geese in this part of the country.

I also good numbers of American Tree Sparrows, Harris' Sparrows,
White-breasted Nuthatches, Carolina Wrens, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue
Jays, Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds, and mockingbirds. O.K., I'll
try to get myself back to seeing good birds here in the Pacific Northwest.

Kelly McAllister
Olympia, Washington

-----Original Message-----
From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Lyn Topinka
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 8:37 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] "Blue Geese" Vancouver Lake area

hi all ... for those of you who like trying to find the "oddities"
... last week Tait and Vanessa found a "B;ue Goose" among the THOUSANDS of
Snow Geese which often are found along Lower River Road in the Vancouver
Lake area ... since we live close, Gene and I have been going out there
trying to find him ... unfortunately the thousands of Snow Geese often
aren't found ... but yesterday the flock was in the fields across from the
VanLake flushing channel ...
and we FOUND a "Blue Goose" !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...

well, later that evening I looked up the picture of Tait and Vanessa's Blue
Goose ... and it was a DIFFERENT GOOSE !!!! ... theirs was all dark body
with white head ... ours was a dark upper body with gray breast and under
body, with the white head ...

so folks, if you find the flock keep your eyes open ... there are at least
TWO "Blue Geese" around ...

Vancouver, Wa.

Lyn Topinka

Tweeters mailing list
Tweeters at u.washington.edu

More information about the Tweeters mailing list