Wild White Geese

Snow Geese
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows, CA; NOV 2020

The wildlife refuges in Northern California are one of the wintering over spots  for our two varieties of wild white geese: The Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) and the Ross’s Goose (Chen rossii). They are 2 species that look almost alike and hang around together. In fact they do inter-breed so hybridized geese can be found. There is also a darker morph of both species which can sometimes be found in the flock. The darker or “blue morph” of the Snow Goose is sometimes called a Blue Goose. The head of the Ross’s Goose is smaller and more rounded than the that of the Snow Goose. The Ross’s Goose has a gray patch at the base of its bill. The Snow Goose has dark smile lines on the side of its bill that, I think, look like teeth.

It is amazing site to see these birds lift into the air. Entire fields full of geese will take off at one time making it look like a blizzard of white. On the day we observed them we were treated to an air show by many flocks. Thousands of birds were flying in large “V” formations as far as you could see in all directions. It was amazing!

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Ross’s Goose, Northern Shoveler
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows, CA; NOV 2020
Snow Geese
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, DEC 2016
Ross’s Geese
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows, CA; NOV 2020

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Some More Interesting Raptors

Juvenile Bald Eagle, Turkey Vultures and Herring Gull on a Kill
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018

Returning from a recent trip to the Seattle area, we stopped at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. The visitor center and restrooms were closed but the government shutdown didn’t affect the birds. This stop turned out to be very productive. It was a great day for raptors. The star was a juvenile Bald Eagle on a kill. But we saw Ferruginous Hawks, Northern Harriers, Rough Legged Hawks, a Cooper’s Hawk and a Red-shouldered hawk also. This is feast time for the raptors at Sacramento NWR because of the large numbers of waterfowl that spend the winter months there.

I didn’t share images of the Rough-legged haws because I only got a rear quarter shot and it didn’t show enough to make the shot interesting. I’ve shared other Cooper’s Hawks and Red-shouldered Hawks in the recent past, so I didn’t include them. But, I hope you enjoy what I shared.

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Ferruginous Hawk
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018
Pair of Ferruginous Hawks
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018
Northern Harriers
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; DEC 2018

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More Common Views from Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Snow Geese
Snow Geese, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

A few days ago, I shared some images of the less common sightings at these 2 major refuges on the Pacific Flyway. But, the usual suspects were there also. Today, I will share a few images from this set.

Regards,

Larry

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Western Pond Turtle
Western Pond Turtle, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018 

Whte Fronted Goose
White Fronted Geese, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

American Wigeon
American Wigeon, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

An American Coot in High Key
American Coot in High Key, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

Killdeer
Killdeer, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

 

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Less Common views from Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Reserve

Ring Necked Pheasant
Ring Necked Pheasant, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

Our visit to the Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuges found us in fog an low light. These conditions make photography more difficult but also present some interesting opportunities for unique and special images. Additionally, on this visit, we were treated to some birds that we don’t normally see. I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards,

Larry

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American Bittern
American Bittern, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

Birding on a Peaceful, Foggy Morn
Birding on a Foggy Morn, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

Double Crested Cormourant
Double Crested Cormorant, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

Fading Into the Fog
Fading Into the Fog, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

Female Northern Harrier (aka Marsh Hawk)
Female Northern Harrier, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

Wilson's Snipe
Wilson’s Snipe, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

American Whimbrel
American Whimbrel, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

Common Moorhen (Waterhen, Swamp Chicken, Rail, closely related f
Common Moorhen, Colusa National Wildlife Reserve, JAN 2018

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