Ross's Goose (Chen rossii) in Orange Co., NC

Ross's Goose (Chen rossii)

On Saturday, 1 February 2003, Jeff Pippen saw a white goose flying by with a flock of Canadas near Mapleview Farm on Dairyland Road in Orange County, NC. White geese of any sort are quite rare in Orange County, with fewer than a dozen sightings total of Snow Goose, none for Ross's.

On Sunday, 2 February, Derb Carter and I checked out a nearby private pond (with permission), and found a hundred or so Canadas sitting on the water with this one white goose. With a better look, it turned out to be a Ross's Goose, the first one ever for Orange County!

The entire flock flew off shortly after I took these photos - they are quite wary. There are several other ponds in the area that they probably circulate between.

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