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Found a blue morph Snow Goose at a pond near my home in North Pinellas this
afternoon (10/28) about 2 p.m. on the way home from birding with friends at
several locations in north Pinellas County.  The bird is wary but can be
viewed easily and appeared to be settling down for a rest by the time we
left, at the far north end of the north pond.  It was not on either pond at
this location as of yesterday morning (10/27).

I photographed the bird with a non-digital camera and then Clay & Aydelette
Kelsey arrived to view and (digital) photograph the bird.

There are 3 Graylag Geese that live in the south pond.  The Snow Goose was in
the north pond and was not seen associating with the Graylags.  A male Hooded
Merganser was also seen in the south pond, resting and swimming.

Directions:

From the intersection of U.S. Hwy 19 and Curlew Road (which runs west to
Honeymoon Island State Park), go west on Curlew Rd to the first traffic light
at Belcher Road.  Turn north onto Belcher Road, continue about 1/2 mile and
make the first left (west) onto CR 39.  Go to the west end of CR 39 where you
can park next to the large white PVC posts.  Walk west past the posts where
you'll see ponds to your left (south) and right (north).

Marianne Korosy
Palm Harbor, FL
north Pinellas County
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