Snow Goose

(Anser caerulescens)



Status: Migrant. Last recorded on site in 2019

The Patuxent web-site provides more general information about this species.
At this time of year, this species is expected to be present on site.

Occurs as a fairly common migrant, usually seen in fields or the Main Ring Lake. Several often stay on site through December and occassionally January, intermingling with the thousands of wintering Canada geese. It is more common in fall than spring. Both the "Blue" and "Snow" morphs occur on site with the "Blue" form being slightly more common. In the spring of 2000 a white morph Snow Goose apparently formed a pair bond with a Canada Goose and remained on site well beyond the normal migration period.

Photographer: Dan Johnson.