The Snow Goose I reported last week flying over my house turned out to be a leucistic Canada Goose. Darn, one step back..
I got an email from Doug Gray Sunday morning that he had seen a leucistic Canada Goose at the Lowes/Walmart pond. He couldn’t get a photo since the weather wasn’t good. I replied I would walk out there Sunday afternoon and see if I could get a photo.
I was hoping to see something good like a Sharp-shinned Hawk on the 3.5 mile walk through residential areas but it was very quiet. Upon arriving the local pair of Red-tailed Hawks were sitting together in the trees east of Walmart. The pond is still about 1/4 open water and there were an estimated 500 Canada Geese present. The leucistic Canada Goose was obvious, sleeping by the water. In a few minutes it awoke and went for a swim. Obviously not a Snow Goose but I might have wondered what it was if Doug hadn’t ID it. There are more pictures and discussion about the goose on the Birding Indiana Facebook page.
So no Snow Goose on the county list. But as is usually the case in birding, if one thing isn’t found something else is. There were also present two American Black Ducks and two Common Goldeneyes present, new on this years county list. Two steps forward. Both species were also a pleasant surprise since I have only seen one Goldeneye previously in the county and only one pair of Black Ducks that hung around Atterbury FWA last year.
After viewing for about an hour and deciding there were no other species mixed in I made the 3.5 mile walk home through the snow.