On the 4th of January, I was driving down our street past a farm field and I spied a gaggle of geese. Out of the corner of my eye, something didn’t add up, so I did a Bat Turn and sure enough. There was something odd in the flock.
What in the world is this?
Okay it’s not in my field guides, it is not in reference books.
On the 12th of January, we had a particularly high tide and a gaggle came floating through the front yard. In it was this Snow Goose. Nice!
Hey, there’s my mystery goose!
…and there’s two of them! No look, on has a dark bill, on has a more fleshly colored bill. They seemed to hang tighter to the Snow Goose than the Canada Geese. (Sorry for posting a crappy picture.)
So I did some internet searching. I even dug into pictures from Snow Goose hunters. I just cannot put an ID to these geese.
Yesterday, just as the blizzard was beginning, I spotted the goose again.
Yup, it’s a goose.
Okay, anyone have a definitive answer? Perhaps a hybrid snow-white fronted goose?