photographs by Douglas Herr
Anatidae: Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)

16 November 2020
Glenn County California
Snow Goose
13 November 2019
Glenn County California
Snow Goose
24 January 2014
Colusa County California
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Snow Goose
02 February 2013
Colusa County California
Snow Goose
12 November 2012
Glenn County California
Snow Goose
11 November 2012
Glenn County California
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Field identification tips: The Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) can be difficult to distinguish from the very similar Ross's Goose (Anser rossii) because the differences can be hard to see at a distance. A. caerulescens is slightly larger and longer-necked, the bill is proporionally longer, and has a black 'grinning patch' where the upper and lower bill meet. Both A. caerulescens and A. rossii have a rare 'blue' color morph with darker body contour and wing covert feathers.

Typical range: This bird can be found in much of North America, breeding in the coastal arctic and wintering in wetlands of the Lower 48 and Mexico. Some migration to North America of birds breeding in Siberia and Greenland has been observed.

Habitat: A. caerulescens prefers open habitats like marshes, grasslands, marine inlets, freshwater ponds, and agricultural fields.

all photographs Copyright (C) Douglas Herr
last updated 08 April 2022