2015-12-03 / Nature

Snow Goose Makes an Appearance

This juvenile snow goose was observed feeding with a large flock of Canada geese in the pasture of Hammersmith Farm during the Thanksgiving weekend. This species breeds in the far northern Arctic tundra south to Hudson Bay, and winters in farm fields and wetlands of the southern U.S. in flocks of many thousands. Adult geese are white all over, with the exception of black wingtips, or primaries, which are visible in flight. They have bright orange legs and a heavy orange bill which has a dark “grin patch.”

This youngster may have gotten separated from its flock and joined up with the migratory Canada geese for companionship and protection.

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