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Checklist S49149090

 
Location
Muskegon Wastewater System, Muskegon County, Michigan, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:00 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
3 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:
7.0 mile(s)
Observers:
David Whitehouse
Comments:
Cool (45), most cloudy, some wind from West
Species
26 species (+5 other taxa) total
3
Snow/Ross's Goose

Observed in field with large flock of Canada Geese. Birds have characteristics of Ross Goose: smaller in size than the CAGE (see picture for size comparison), very white body, stubby bills, round heads and lack of grin. Details attached to pictures.
Birds did not move noticeably for over two hours (observed twice). Were not seen walking or flying. No vocalization
NOTE: Pictures could be better (especially bills). When taking pictures I was only considering Snow Geese. Photos have not been edited
NOTE #2: Changed designation to Snow/Ross's Goose, per recommendation of reviewer, as blue caruncle is not readily visible in photographs. Birds are definitely not Snow Geese, but may be hybrid

ML118598361

© David Whitehouse

Geese resting with CAGE. Useful for size comparison

ML118598561

© David Whitehouse

Note gray-blue at base of bill on bird on left (visible when picture is enlarged)

ML118599091

© David Whitehouse

Note bill shape, color and head shape

ML118599401

© David Whitehouse

Bill on right hand bird - what appears to be a white tip is not part of the bird

ML118599611

© David Whitehouse

200

mostly resting in field across from east lagoon; some swimming and flying overhead

750

East lagoon only, mostly bunched along concrete protuberances on west side of lagoon. Some swimming mixed with ruddy ducks
Count is approximate

ML118594071

© David Whitehouse

ML118594341

© David Whitehouse

ML118594561

© David Whitehouse

20
2

seen with ruddy ducks

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 2
Sex Unknown
ML118595331

© David Whitehouse

500

East lagoon only, swimming.
Count is approximate

ML118594941

© David Whitehouse

ML118595061

© David Whitehouse

3
1
1
X
Larus sp.

many swimming and flying around west end od west lagoon

3
2
1
1
hawk sp.
1
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 1
Sex Unknown
ML118596041

© David Whitehouse

ML118596081

© David Whitehouse

1
2
1
4
75

Active over east lagoon and adjacent pond

ML118599991

© David Whitehouse

ML118600021

© David Whitehouse

Birds in flight

1

observed with large group of TRSW

8
3
4
13
10
2
1
ML121741771

© David Whitehouse

20
sparrow sp.
5
Western/Eastern Meadowlark
8
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes