Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas Goose

Well, sort of. I am used to seeing lots of Canada Geese in my local patch. That is usually the only goose species present, and they are usually present in large numbers, a couple hundred at least, and sometimes many more than that. A couple days ago, this Snow Goose showed up. It was accompanied by almost 900 Canada Geese, which were spread out in several flocks around the park. The grayish bill and dark back combined with a white underside mark this as an immature white-morph goose.

The Snow Goose calmly kept eating even while Canada Geese were carrying on raucously in the background.

When it stretched, it gave a nice view of its rump and flight feathers.