Reno, Washoe Co, Nv (Jan 17th-18th, 2007)
There was flock of 3 Snow Geese at Virginia Lake late yesterday morning and
a single Snow Goose at Lake Park (NW Reno) in the early afternoon today.
All 4 birds were immatures. When first spotted, the Virginia Lake geese
were standing with Canadas on the ice at the NW end of the ice, flying off
(as a group, by themselves) after a while and disappearing from view. The
Lake Park Snow Goose was with Canadas and other waterfowl on the edge of
the ice enclosing the small patch of open water at the center of the pond.
After a few minutes it flew off to the west with a small bunch of Canadas.
The pure white Mallard continues to frequent Lake Park. Today, as on
previous occasions, it kept away from the small flock of
hybrids/domesticates, consorting instead with the numerous wild types.