photographs by Douglas Herr
Anatidae: Ross's Goose (Anser rossii)

05 November 2021
Colusa County California
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03 December 2019
Colusa County California
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25 November 2019
Colusa County California
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26 January 2018
Colusa County California
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23 January 2015
Colusa County California
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10 January 2015
Colusa County California
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01 February 2014
Colusa County California
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24 January 2014
Colusa County California
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22 February 2013
Colusa County California
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11 November 2012
Glenn County California
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Field identification tips: The Ross's Goose (Anser rossii) can be difficult to distinguish from the very similar Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) because the differences can be hard to see at a distance. A. rossii is slightly smaller with a stubbier neck and bill, and the bill lacks the black 'grinning patch' of A. caerulescens. A. rossii and A. caerulescens have a rare 'blue' color morph with darker body contour and wing covert feathers.

Typical range: This bird breeds in Canada's coastal arctic, migrating through the Great Plains and wintering in wetlands of the Lower 48 and Mexico.

Habitat: A. caerulescens prefers open habitats like wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural fields.

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