Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 18:45:56 -0800
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From: Eric Beohm <eric.beohm343@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Barnacle Goose and Great Cormorant at Lake WFG 11/17/08
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I stopped by Lake Walter F. George today and birded beside the dam and at George T. Bagby State Park there at the lake and had an adult BARNACLE GOOSE and an adult GREAT CORMORANT.
I took photos of both.
also present were:
Snow Goose (1)
Common Goldeneye (10 flew in)
Red-breasted Merganser (30)
Northern Pintail (3)
Brown Pelican (1, same one I found there earlier this year. I also had one there last year and the year before).
Brewer's Blackbirds (about 20 near there)
Also the usual stuff like:
Common Loon (20+)
Horned Grebe (5)
The GREAT CORMORANT was first seen perched below and on the dam. Then it flew above the dam and hung out on the water with most of the other cormorants. Then it flew down below the dam onto the rocky outcropping which is becomes exposed when the dam is not flowing water.
I feel very confident that this bird can be relocated, probably just above or below the dam.
The BARNACLE GOOSE was with some Canada Geese. I noted that it had no bands on its legs. The bird was quite skiddish and flew upon approach. It flew north up the lake. Not sure where it ended up because I was not at a great vantage point at that moment.
I feel confident that this bird can be relocated if someone takes the time to actually search it out. Check to see where the Canada Geese are. That would be the first step. Remember all these birds including the pelican move up and down the lake over the course of a day.
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