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Ross's Geese (7)

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Location: Lake Horton, Fayette County, Georgia
I found these birds while doing a quick run of the place before work.
I've seen some interesting things in Georgia, but this was quite a sight!
Lake Horton has turned out to be a gem in the rough.
"The Anotated Checklist of Georgia Birds" (2003) lists Ross's Goose as rare to accidental with about 15 records for Georgia.  High count of 2.  First record in 1989.  (However my dad found one before then.)
The species is obviously increasing.  In the last month or so, I found one at Lake Juliette (photographed and relocated) and one in Henry County (photographed and relocated).  Also, Michael and I have found them in the past (videoed and relocated.  If only all birds were as cooperative!).  However I am not aware of any other reports lately in Georgia, but I assume with all these that are already in the state that we will be getting more reports very soon.  (Also, I suppose the novelty will wear off a bit, as it has for just about any bird; now since we're realizing that just about anything is possible in Georgia.)
There has been an influx of Snow Geese in the last month or so- maybe fifty reports.  Thanks to all the sharp-eyed individuals who have brought them to our attention.  What a joy and a blessing it is to see these beautiful creatures as we have never seen them before in Georgia.  (As far as the impact on the environment, that may be another story.  I'm getting used to the ubiquitous deer, but let's hope Snow Geese don't start running out in front of cars.)

Ross's Geese





Eric Beohm
Griffin, GA