[birdky] Long Point -- geese and more geese!!!

I chastised Roseanna Denton a bit this past week after she posted that she
had seen "thousands" of geese at Long Point.  I queried her as to an
estimate of the number of geese and she told me there was no way to tell!

Well, the official USFWS aerial survey results for January 8, 2003, were
just emailed to me and WOW! Now I see why she was overwhelmed!

Aerial Waterfowl Survey
1/08/04
Conditions: 36 degrees, cloudy, 5-10 mph SE wind,and 20% ice cover


Reelfoot NWR

Ducks -- Mallards 80,649; Gadwall 1,230; Wigeon 2,256; Shoveler 775; Pintail
2,395; Wood duck 348; Ringneck 1,500. Total ducks 89,153.

Geese -- Snow geese 125,000; White-fronted goose 21,650; Canada goose 2,750.
Total geese 149,400.

If all these birds are at Long Point, the count for both Snow Geese and
Greater White-fronted Geese are record highs for the state as far as I am
aware! Wow, I still can't believe those numbers.

bpb, Louisville
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