Photography by Curtis Beaird
Article by Norma Beaird
Birds of Georgia by Dr. John Parrish, Giff Beaton and Gregory Kennedy
We are excited to report the sighting of Ross's Goose in Laurens County, Georgia today. According to Birds of Georgia, Ross's Goose is an accidental to rare (increasing) visitor to all regions except the Coast from November to May.
The three entertaining geese mingled with a Great Egret and 42 Canada Geese that are regulars to the Laurens County pond. Ross's Goose looks very similar to a Snow Goose, but it is smaller in size, similar to the size of a Mallard. This goose was first reported in Georgia in 1989 at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge.
Most of the world population of Ross's Goose rests along the remote arctic coastline of northeastern Canada. This bird was named after Bernard Rogan Ross, a former chief factor (manager of a trading post) for the Hudson's Bay Company and a correspondent of the Smithsonian Institute.
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