Ross's Goose - Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area
On Monday, October 15 this Ross's Goose was spotted amidst several thousand Snow Geese at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) goose viewing area off VT Route 17 in Addison. The species is a very uncommon migrant in the state and, if it is to be seen, it is most likely to be at Dead Creek.
The WMA is a 2,858 acre tract located in the towns of Addison, Bridport and Panton. The Creek, seven impoundments, and associated wetlands attract a variety of waterfowl species as well as shorebirds particularly during migrations. Much of the WMA is in agricultural use (corn and hay production) which provide feed and resting areas for geese in migration. The WMA is one of the most popular birding destinations in Vermont. It is owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.