|Snow Goose- young bird, adults are white with pink bill and legs|
Monday evening I first spotted a different goose among the Canada Geese but wasn't able to ID it in the dark or take photos. I came prepared the next day but to no avail, no goose. Then yesterday, a member from the YU Art Gallery, stopped to ask me about the 'other goose'. So I grabbed my camera and went on a goose chase. Not so wild, I relocated the bird in a couple of minutes and took some photos.
|Grabbing a snack along the way.|
After some help from friends on Facebook, the bird was verified to be a juvenile Snow Goose! Snow Geese breed in the Arctic and migrate south along flyways to the southern US. The major flyway is through the middle of the country but a smaller population flies along the east coast to overwinter in Virginia/North Carolina. Sometimes these birds will take quick stops along the way, including in Connecticut and this year we seem to be popular.
|Size comparison with a Canada. Probably a 'Lesser' Snow Goose based on size.|
All the birder on campus are excited about this new find and the gaggle seems to be fairly acclimated to people. Next time you see the geese take a look to spot the smaller white one before it decides to head on south.