Snow Goose at Kachina Wetlands
1 Feb 2018, 6:06 PM,
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Snow Goose at Kachina Wetlands
Now bear with me here, as I’m a rookie birder, but I’m certain that I saw a Snow Goose at Kachina Wetlands today. I watched it for quite a while before reaching this conclusion. It was a single white goose hanging out in a cluster of 30+ Canada Goose, smaller than the Canada Goose, stubby face, yellowish bill, all white except for a thin patch of black on its rear end. I was hoping for flight, but it never did. Based on my online research, I’m certain that’s what it was, although I’m having difficulty differentiating between the Snow Goose and Ross’s Goose (the face almost looked more like the Ross’s). Could it correctly be a snow goose?
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1 Feb 2018, 6:19 PM,
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RE: Snow Goose at Kachina Wetlands
Snow Goose is an uncommon but regular visitor around Flagstaff, so it is definitely a possibility. Ross's Goose seems slightly less common, but also is possible. The easiest way to differentiate between the two is to pay attention to the bill: Snow Goose is more elongated with a black "grin patch", Ross's is more triangular and often with a purple tinge. There are occasional reported hybrids between the two, but these are quite rare.

Jason
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