At Stewart Park this morning Jay McGowan refound the ROSS'S GOOSE, pointed it 
out to me, and sent out a text alert that it was sleeping on the ice among 
CANADA GEESE. Moments later, a volley of gunfire at Cornell's Merritt Family 
Boating Center roused all the geese to standing attention. The Ross's Goose 
began walking west on the ice. It's pink legs and feet were surprisingly large 
for such a dainty bird. While I changed my vantage, it snuck into the water, 
and I next saw it swimming west along the ice edge among MALLARDS. I knew they 
were supposed to be the same size, but still it was a bit mind-bending to see. 
I have to throw out my mental categorization that geese are bigger than ducks. 
Next the Ross's Goose changed direction, and I was surprised to see it sidle up 
next to a single "BLUE" SNOW GOOSE, which wasn't much larger. No, it wasn't a 
dark Ross's; it had a bigger bill and typical Blue Goose plumage. I spent 
longer than I intended at the park. During distractions and delays around 8am I 
heard TUNDRA SWANS. A flock of 17 of the giant all-white birds flew south 
toward me well above tree level, then veered west when they reached land as if 
checking out the emptied and frozen swan pond. Then they circled back overhead 
and headed north again. I felt a gift was bestowed upon me.  Another bonus was 
a/the adult Peregrine perched in a tree within Stewart Park.

So, yes, we now have another Count Week species, Tundra Swan, in addition to 
the Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Black Scoter, and Glaucous Gull which were 
present on 29 December.

--Dave Nutter

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