[Ontbirds]Two Ross's Goose in Welland

Diane and Kayo Roy kayoroy at niagara.com
Sat Mar 4 16:48:54 EST 2006

Another exciting find in Regional Niagara were 2 Ross's Goose reported by Brad Clements in Welland.  John Black and I observed the birds this morning in company with many hundreds of Canada Goose.  The birds were on the west side of the Welland River off Merritt Island, a recreational area in downtown Welland. 

Directions:  From the Queen Elizabeth, take Highway 406 south at St. Catharines to the very end of the highway where it T's on to East Main Street.  Turn right and proceed 3 or 4 lights to Hellems Ave (bus terminal on corner).  Turn right here and go 100 yards or so to the river.  Start looking for the two birds here among the several hundred Canada's and other varied waterfowl that are present.  If not observed, go right onto Dorothy Street and then a quick left onto River Road.  Continue north on River Road checking for the birds every so often.  There are several good pull-offs along the way.  

Reaching this area from the south or west is a fair bit tricky because East Main Street is a one-way street running west.  I would suggest any Buffalo/Fort Erie birders take the QEW north to Netherby Road, go west (left) on Netherby to Highway 140, and take 140 north (right) to the lights at East Main Street. Turn left here, go under the Welland Canal tunnel, then follow as above.  From Port Colborne, take Highway 140 north and follow as above.  

Two Ross's Goose were observed for several weeks along the Lake Erie shoreline at Point Abino.  They have not been observed for about a week....it is not certain if these two birds might have come to the Welland River from Point Abino.

Good luck to all who may chose to go look for these birds.

Kayo Roy
13 Kinsman Court
Fonthill, ON
L0S 1E3
kayoroy at niagara.com

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