Snow Goose swimming in a lake in a small neighborhood park.
Notice the pink legs.
Notice the tint on the head.
Notice the very prominent black grin patch.
Unlike the dark-eyed Snow Goose, the domestic goose has blue eyes.
Snow Geese and Ross's Geese
Here, a Ross's Goose hangs out in a San Fernando Valley park with other geese. Notice he has the same coloring as the Snow Goose, but the Ross's Goose is much smaller. The Ross's Goose has no tinting on the head or neck. Whiter overall head and neck than the Snow Goose. The bill is much smaller proportionally than the Snow Goose, and can show a bit of green coloring at the base. The Ross's Goose may have a much smaller and less obvious grin patch.
OC Birder Girl Links
Wild Ducks of Orange County
Bird Walks and Nature Programs in and Near Orange County
Orange County Bird Check Lists
Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns of Orange County
All About Birds: Snow Goose
Detailed page about the Snow Goose. Although it is multiplying, it is still a rare bird in Orange County. Read all about the Snow Goose.
All About Birds: Ross's Goose
Detailed page about the Ross's Goose. Rare in Orange County.
Confusing Domestic Geese (and hybrids)
From Cornell. Some confusing geese.
Snow Geese Fuel up for Migration
Read more about Snow Geese.