Bryan's Posts About Ross’s Goose

A Blue Ross’s Goose

Might I have an exceedingly rare blue-morph Ross’s Goose here? I’ve been ruminating on this bird for nearly a year with no decision. Well, I had actually made up my mind on this bird, but I like to question my assumptions from time to time. In this case, it offers you a lesson in bird identification.

Backgrounder: Where Are the Snow Geese?

For three decades, as autumn leaves blazed and swirled across Vermont, an annual rite of fall was the Champlain Valley “snowstorm.” Snow Geese in migration, sometimes more than 10,000 in day, filled the skies and covered fields in a honking blanket of geese. But here’s the forecast for the fall of 2015: the blizzard ain’t happening anymore. Instead we’ve got flurries.

The Pulse of Ten Thousand Wings

Tens of thousands of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes can change your life for good. Here’s my next dispatch from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in south central New Mexico.

One Day, Two Ross’s

AT DAWN in in the ornate village of Chambly, Quebec, at a bulge in the Richelieu River, restless gulls began to take flight. And five restless birdwatchers (many more would come later) began their search, scanning the river for an arctic ghost,…