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Today, Jan 8, I birded St. Joseph's oxbows (what's left of them) and Sugar Lake (aka. Lewis and Clark State Park) and Bean Lake.  Wave after wave of Snow Geese were flying south, about 11 A.M. over the Bean Lake area.  They were flying relatively low and as I scanned some of these skeins looking for some Ross's, one white phase stood out!  It was completely white.  It did not have the typical black primary tips.  I was wondering if anyone else has seen an entirely white, White Phase Snow Goose?  I was able to pick out about five Ross's as the flocks flew over.  I estimated the total passage of geese, while I was watching, to be 40,000.  I believe they had been out feeding in the fields and were returning to Iatan Power Plant to rest.
 
Larry Lade
Saint Joseph
Buchanan County
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