NENE & VEERY
- Sorry for the late report but I just got in a little while ago. On Friday
5/3 Matt Brady and I had a NENE (Hawaiian Goose) in Jenner Sonoma County.
The bird was in the grassy field along highway 116 immediately east of
Highway 1. It was associating with a small flock of one of the larger
subspecies of Canada Geese. The bird was unbanded and very wary. It would
often look up and go into an alarm posture as were the Canada Geese it was
with. I would have said this was a wild goose except the species is
restricted to the Hawaiian Islands and is not migratory. I am going to
contact some local zoo's to see if they have them or if one is missing or
they know of one missing. Does anyone know of their status in Captivity in
California or surrounding states? Also I thought the world population (wild
and captive birds) were all banded yet this bird was not. We relocated the
bird on Sunday 5/5 in the evening and watched it till 5:20 when the bird took
off with 4 Canada Geese and appeared to land in the Russian River. We could
see no indication that this bird wasn't capable of a long flight or had ever
been in captivity. I was able to get a couple minutes of video of the bird.
In any case the bird is quite a sight and well worth seeing.
Also on Sunday 5/5 we made a stop in the morning at Point Reyes. We decided
to check the outer point despite unfavorable conditions for migrants and I'm
glad we did. At the Point Reyes Lighthouse migrants were restricted to a
Warbling Vireo, 2 Audubon's Warblers and one Catharus Thrush which
disappeared before we were able to get a real look at it. As we were leaving
we again saw the thrush and after following this bird throughout the cypress
grove and into different bushes in the area we concluded that it was a Veery.
The bird didn't like to stay still for any length of time as it was
constantly moving and flying about. We were unable to relocate the bird
after 8:00 AM. If you would like any details on this bird please contact me.
Sorry but I am afraid that I am too tired to include them tonight and I
wanted to get this e-mail out.
David Vander Pluym
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