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Gregg Severson <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 8 Mar 2016 23:09:56 -0700
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Gregg Severson <[log in to unmask]>
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After I got home tonight, I examined my photos (my camera has more
magnification than my binoculars, and I didn't have my scope with me
today), consulted my field guides, and asked an expert and I have
determined that at least one of the geese that I saw today was a ROSS'S
GOOSE.  They were there at sundown today, so hopefully they'll stick around
a bit for more people to see tomorrow.  I'll be posting pictures on the
Minnesota Birding facebook group if anyone wants to take a look.

Gregg Severson

On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 6:20 PM Gregg Severson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The Snow Geese reported by David Zumeta are still present at 6:15pm. They
> are on the Hennepin side of the island and currently best viewed from the
> top of the bluff by using the road/sidewalk behind the Minnesota Veterans
> Home.   With the change in winds tonight, maybe they'll stick around.
> Gregg Severson
> Minneapolis
> On Tue, Mar 8, 2016, 16:15 Dave Zumeta <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Earlier this afternoon Lee Pfannmuller and I observed 2 Snow Geese on
>> both the Hennepin County and Ramsey County sides of the Mississippi River
>> below the Ford bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul. I first saw the
>> birds at 2:10 p.m. swimming right below the bridge near the western river
>> bank. They later swam across the river, and from 2:45-2:50 p.m. flew in
>> circles over the area, finally landing near the east side of the island
>> immediately south of Lock and Dam # 1. I last saw them at 2:55 p.m., when
>> they were loafing on the sand beach on the east side of the island with 17
>> Canada Geese. They were clearly visible from the Ford Dam Scenic Overlook
>> that is located 1/4 mile north of the Ford bridge and Ford Parkway on
>> Mississippi River Boulevard in St. Paul, Ramsey County. It is quite unusual
>> to see Snow Geese in this area, especially swimming in the river. Other
>> species of interest in the vicinity of the Ford bridge included 1 scaup
>> (species uncertain), 4 Common Mergansers, 1 Peregrine Falcon, and 2 Bald
>> Eagles.
>> Between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m., I saw 10 species of ducks plus 2 Killdeer
>> (flying north) from the east side of the Mississippi River in Coon Rapids
>> Dam Regional Park (Anoka County) from the dam north to a small stream that
>> enters the river about 1/2-2/3 mile north of the dam. Ducks, many of which
>> were near the eastern shoreline, included the following:
>> 6 Mallard
>> 3 Northern Shoveler (flying north)
>> 2 Gadwall
>> 2 Redhead
>> 47 Ring-necked Duck
>> 100 Lesser Scaup (several definitely were Lesser Scaup)
>> 3 Common Goldeneye
>> 9 Bufflehead
>> 2 Hooded Merganser
>> 1 Common Merganser
>> Also saw a Common Grackle flying over Rt. 252 several miles south of the
>> park.
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