Snow Goose

The Snow Goose is a North American species, a migrating bird, breeding in the northern part of Canada and wintering in southern parts of USA and Mexico.

How to Identify?

Mostly white with black wing tips on the lower part. There is also a dark variant mostly black and only the head white. Some Snow Geese have a rusty stained head caused by minerals in the soil they are feeding on. Pink bill with black cutting edges.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & When to Spot?

I was looking for Snow Geese for a while. They are not located in the Montreal area unless they are migrating through the area. Even during migration season rarely spotted here. The photos are taken at migration gathering site in Victoriaville in November.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

Anything to add, to correct?

Common Names

Schneegans [de]
Snow Goose [en]
Ánsar nival [es]
Oie des neiges [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Anser caerulescens

Video Clips

Snow Geese at Victoriaville, Quebec

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