USTP VGSW and SNGO
- Barbara Dolan, Geoff Heinecken, and I were surprised to see a Violet-
green Swallow circling low over the north pond of the Ukiah Sewage
Treatment Plant this morning.
As we were leaving, a flock of 18 Canada, 3 Cackling, and 1 Snow Goose
flew in to the south pond.The three of us studied the Snow Goose until
closing, unsure whether this was the Chen (Ross's x Lesser Snow Goose?)
seen by Matthew Matthiessen on the CBC. The grin patch on this bird
was easily seen with a scope and although the goose was smaller than
the Canadas, it seemed comparable in size to the Cacklers. Geoff and I
stopped at Mountanos pond on Old River Road on our way home and sure
enough the Chen was still there with the ducks and domestic geese,
appearing much more Rossy than the USTP goose.
Long-billed Dowitchers and Dunlin continue in the middle pond.