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Ross's Goose near Roanoke Rapids, NC
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- From: Elisa Enders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 19:11:03 -500
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There appears to be a Ross's Goose at the Garysburg goose ponds
northeast of Roanoke Rapids, NC.
The bird was seen in failing light today at about 5pm, with Canada
Geese. Mallard size, short neck, dusky back of neck and some of back.
Very white, like a domestic duck, but clearly visible black wingtips.
Also, gray line from base of beak to eye, as in white juvenile Ross's
shown in Sibley. No rusty stains.
To get to the ponds, take US 158 east, from Weldon (over Roanoke River
with US 301), to Garysburg. Go right (east) leaving US 301, toward
Jackson. At about 1-2 miles, bear left (45 degrees) on Jackson bypass
(you have a turning lane). Next left, about 1/2 mile, is Cornwallis
Road. The Garysburg goose ponds are immediately on the right. You
can hardly see the first, accessed from bypass. The second pond has
had a raft of about 3000 Ring-necked Ducks (12:1 ratio male to
female). The last pond had 50 Canada Geese and 1 Ross's Goose (along
with 1 snipe, 1 Killdeer, and a few Ring-necks and Hooded Mergansers).
The geese may be visible from Cornwallis Road (4-car pull-off), from
the paved road north of the pond, or from the trail on the northeast
corner of the pond. There are many small islands in this pond, and
the Ross's Goose was invisible from the first two vantage points, and
seen first from the "jeep trail". Then it moved out of sight with the
other geese, perhaps to get away from us. And the bird was easily
visible, in the middle of the pond, from the Cornwallis small
student, North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)