Today I was at Rondeau hoping to locate the Summer Tanager that had been seen the previous couple of days. Check out Blake Mann's blog if you haven't already seen it.
I couldn't make it to Rondeau yesterday, so today was the day, I was hoping....But in spite of several hours of searching both where it had been seen the last two days as well as just as likely spots elsewhere along the cottage community, I was not able to find it. It may still be there, or the relatively clear night last night and the colder temperatures may have been enough impetus for the lingering bird to decide enough was enough, and it was time to leave.
Giving up on the tanager, I stopped to check the lake front area at the traffic circle at the north end of the park to see what was in the relatively sheltered waterfront. I immediately noticed two small white geese mixed in with several hundred Canada Geese that have been occupying this part of the park which is off limits to hunters. I first thought 'Snow Goose' but then quickly realized that the combination of the short stubby bill, the bluish-purple base of the bill, the lack of a grin patch and the fairly straight, not sloping, feathers from the top of the bill to the bottom, all signalled Ross's Goose!
Note first the size comparison with one of the typical Canada Geese.
So I learned from the experience of last year, and I consider myself a bit more careful in calling out 'Ross's Goose' when I see something that appears to be one. And in that vein, I am fairly confident that the birds of today are good examples of pure Ross's Goose.