The Greater White-fronted Goose is back on Alley Pond, in the southwest corner 
as of 12:45. 

 

 

Steve W

 

From: Timothy Healy [mailto:tp...@cornell.edu] 
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 3:06 PM
To: Steve Walter <swalte...@verizon.net>
Cc: Gus Keri <gusk...@zoho.com>; nysbird...@list.cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Queens Gr. White-fronted Goose Update

 

I explored the course to no avail last weekend, but there were many, many geese 
out there, coming and going throughout the day. There was parking and access on 
Commonwealth Boulevard along the eastern border. Lots of families were at the 
park to sled on the rolling hills of the course. I don’t know if it’s “come 
one, come all” access or open to local residents or what, but no one spoke up 
or stopped the exploration of a birder who simply followed the lead of the 
sled-toting parents. 

Cheers!

-Tim H


On Jan 12, 2018, at 2:50 PM, Steve Walter <swalte...@verizon.net 
<mailto:swalte...@verizon.net> > wrote:

There is a vantage point from 61st Avenue (the right turn at the top of the 
hill, after the shopping plaza). The view is limited, as I don’t think you can 
see over the high points a few hundred yards out. There’s a road into the golf 
course here, but it looks to me like it’s for maintenance vehicles. I’ve never 
actually gone inside, but you would think there should be a public access 
point. The golf course is administered by NYC Parks. Now I’m motivated to try 
finding out – harder than I’ve tried in the past.

 

You can check their web site at 
https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/douglaston-park-golf-course 

 

SW 

 

From: Gus Keri [mailto:gusk...@zoho.com] 
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 2:27 PM
To: Steve Walter <swalte...@verizon.net <mailto:swalte...@verizon.net> >
Cc: nysbird...@list.cornell.edu <mailto:nysbird...@list.cornell.edu> 
Subject: RE:[nysbirds-l] Queens Gr. White-fronted Goose Update

 

I went chasing after this goose yesterday. I checked the small pool where it 
was reported, between LIE and Douglaston PKWY. I saw around 30 Canada geese. No 
GWFG.

The geese flew off toward the hill east of the pool. I looked at the map and I 
saw a large golf course there. I thought the geese might use this golf course 
for feeding. 

I circled the whole area but I couldn't find any spot where I could see the 
inside of the golf course.

I gave up and left. 

If anyone has access to this golf course, or knows a spot where it can be seen 
from outside, the goose might be still there.

 

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---- On Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:47:03 -0800 Steve Walter <swalte...@verizon.net 
<mailto:swalte...@verizon.net> > wrote ----

 

I was curious to see if any geese came into Alley Pond overnight, and got a 
chance to check, with the rain holding off. But only about 10 geese were there. 
Seems pretty quick to change roosting spots. The nearest possibility that I can 
think of is Lake Success, which is a few miles away. I took a look at a couple 
of the spots that I had mentioned. Only a small number were on the field by 
Oakland Lake. The ballfields look to be dug up, perhaps being converted to 
turf. It doesn’t look like a viable feeding spot anymore. If that’s the case, a 
lot of the local geese could have just moved on. We’ll see. The lawn around the 
pond should be snowless soon enough.

 

There were, however, a few new ducks on Alley Pond, most notably a Canvasback. 
Having missed a pair that were briefly on Oakland Lake about five years ago, 
this is my first one in northeast Queens in maybe 25 years. They used to winter 
commonly on Little Neck Bay. Sort of the waterfowl version of Bonapartes’ Gull. 
But anyway, for local year listers, this could be easier than some other 
options.

 

 

Steve Walter

 

From: Steve Walter [mailto:swalte...@verizon.net <mailto:swalte...@verizon.net> 
] 

Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:57 PM

To: nysbird...@list.cornell.edu <mailto:nysbird...@list.cornell.edu> 

Subject: Queens Gr. White-fronted Goose Update

 

As far as I know, it was not seen today at Alley Pond. I know it was looked for 
this morning, but there were much fewer geese than yesterday at a comparable 
time of the morning. Based on the previous reports, it would seem that the 
geese were roosting there, making the early morning the best time. My plan for 
today was to watch them coming in to roost in the late afternoon. Well, the 40 
or so geese that were there when I arrived at 3:30 left shortly thereafter. As 
of 4:45, only one lone Canada had come in. I suppose it’s possible that they 
could come in after dark. It’s not the way I think they do it, but who knows? 
I’m pretty sure I’ve heard geese flying over my house at night. There was one 
flock that flew by Alley Pond around 4:20, coming from the northwest, but they 
kept going toward the east. At least that reminded me of a couple of other 
spots to look, if you’re moved to do so.

 

Oakland Lake (Cloverdale Blvd., just south of Northern Blvd.), which is 
currently mostly frozen. Geese sometimes feed on the field across the street 
from the lake or on the grass along the entrance ramp to the Cross Island 
Parkway, but that’s more likely when there’s an open lake to go back to.

 

The ball fields at Cardozo High School and Queensboro Community College (on 
56th Avenue, west of Cloverdale).

 

Douglaston Golf Course.

 

And when not snow covered, geese will feed right around Alley Pond. We’ll see 
how much the rain melts away tomorrow.

 

 

Steve Walter

Bayside, NY

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