Barnacle Goose refound 12/31/2010

Earlier in the week, Kenny Nichols spotted a single Barnacle Goose while on the Pine Bluff CBC,  The next day, the coordinator, Robert Dorster, relocated the bird. It was three days later before I could go but Sam and I followed Robert’s excellent directions to a spot off of highway 79. There we found a flock of mixed Snow, Ross’s, and Greater White-fronted Geese.   I stopped at every dark neck with a white head to see if it had the requisite dark cap, so that the white was a mask on an otherwise dark neck and head, with a dark bill.  When they all spooked, I started over when they landed.  After 40 minutes of panning the scope, checking every dark phase goose out there we spotted the one with the right field marks.

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