Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 22:15:31 -0500
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Earl Horn <EARL_HORN@HP-USA-OM1.OM.HP.COM>
Subject: Ross' Geese
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A question came up over the weekend regarding the Ross' Geese' origin
since they are in with about twenty farm geese. I went out today to
talk to the owner. He was not there, however, his brother-in-law
stopped to see what I was doing. He gave me the name and number of the
owner and I was able to talk with him tonight.
He was very friendly and when I started asking him about his geese he
called them his celebrity geese. I asked and he said that yes he had
noticed that there were people showing up looking at them through
scopes. I asked if he minded and he said no he didn't.
He said that the smaller of the two showed up about two years ago and
has never left. The larger one arrived two months ago with eight
Canvasbacks. The Canvasbacks stayed for only a couple of days and the
larger Ross' has remained. It will be very interesting to see what
happens when the time comes for them to head north. If the larger one
is a male and leaves will the smaller one, possibly female, leave with
it or will they both stay? Or will the larger one leave and the
smaller one stay?
Only time will tell and I will follow up with the owner occasionally
to find out what happens.