Ross's Goose at Belle Isle, Wayne Co.
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Tue Mar 15 12:53:22 EST 2005
Quick Update per Joe Agius
As of 12:45 Ross's Goose is now on the golf course, across from the Detroit Yacht Club, near the white bridge on the golf course. The bird is in the larger flock of Canada Geese - not at the driving range any longer.
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia1 at comcast.net>
To: birders at umich.edu
Cc: Chartier, Nancy <Nancy_L_Chartier at comerica.com>; Campbell, Suzan <campbell at glc.org>
Sent: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 10:14:45 -0500
Subject: [birders] Ross's Goose at Belle Isle, Wayne Co.
This morning (March 15) I found a Ross's Goose on the golf course at the
east end of Belle Isle. I watched the bird from about 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
before I had to depart for a dentist's appointment. It was grazing on the
grass, mostly behind small hills on the golf course, with about 75 Canada
Geese, giving only brief views of its head before going behind a larger hill
and out of sight completely. I'm sure the bird is still present, as the
large, locked iron gates prevent human access (disturbance) to the golf
course just now.
The Snow (Blue) Goose I found there a few days ago was not present, but
there was a look-alike Canada Goose hybrid on the south side of the island.
Diving ducks and mergansers are even less in evidence on the Detroit River
than a few days ago, though the "usual suspects" (a few Canvasbacks, Common
Mergansers, Redheads, and Lesser Scaup) are still in the small area of open
water near the Detroit Yacht Club on the northeastern side of the island,
still providing very close views.
>From the Belle Isle bridge, bear right onto the island and follow the
one-way road around about 3/4 of the way (counter-clockwise) along the
shoreline. Just after passing Blue Heron Lagoon (still frozen) you will see
a sign on the right for the Golf Driving Range, and a small parking lot.
This is almost directly across from the Belle Isle Nature Zoo (closed).
View the birds by looking through the fence from this parking lot.
I managed about a half-dozen mediocre digiscoped photos of the bird with its
head raised, and will post them on the BIRDERS at UMICH photo site later this
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