Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sault Ste. Marie Ross's Goose

An email was sent out the SaultBirds listserv about a white goose at the John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.  I was just leaving Desbarats from work at the time, so I thought I'd go check it out.  I arrived and found it instantly, since a white goose really stands out among a flock of Canada Geese.  Thanks to Mark Olivier for finding and spreading the word about this bird!  I had one in the spring as well, but it was seen from a distance with no chance to get decent pics like the ones I got below of this one.

There have been two other reports on eBird of a Ross's Goose right in Sault Ste. Marie, one bird being in March 1995 and one being in April 2008.  Both of these birds were reported at a generic Sault Ste. Marie location though, rather than the actual exact location they were found.  Therefore, it's hard to say if this is truly the first Ross's Goose ever recorded within Sault Ste. Marie's city limits or not.  It's possible the previous two birds were found in the fields near the airport, which are technically not within city limits, ever though most people would still call the area Sault Ste. Marie. 

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