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Possible blue morph Ross's goose in Addison Vermont


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I got these pics on Friday in Addison Vermont.  This is a place that Snow geese are reliably seen until snow drives them further south.  I went there actually to see and get pics of Short-eared owls, which I did find and photograph (lifer) but decided to take some pics of the 1500 or so Snow geese in hopes of maybe picking out a Ross's.  This is the only bird that caught my eye while sorting through.  It happens that I took the pics about an hour apart, but I believe it is the same bird that I picked out of the many pics.  Markings of the blue form look the same.  At first I thought it strange that of all the geese, that I happened to find 2 possible Ross's that were both blue morphs, but now I think it is the same bird,  Thoughts on Ross's.  Looks to have a shorter neck and stubby bill compared to the Snow geese.

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2 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

I think that’s a young Snow Goose.  Ross’s goose should stand out a lot more, and a Ross’s of the age of the bird in question should lack a lot of that plumage duskyness and instead have more white ( unless it’s a dark morph, which it doesn’t appear to be)

Bang on

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On 12/6/2020 at 4:57 AM, mfoster.vt said:

I got these pics on Friday in Addison Vermont.  This is a place that Snow geese are reliably seen until snow drives them further south.  I went there actually to see and get pics of Short-eared owls, which I did find and photograph (lifer) but decided to take some pics of the 1500 or so Snow geese in hopes of maybe picking out a Ross's.  This is the only bird that caught my eye while sorting through.  It happens that I took the pics about an hour apart, but I believe it is the same bird that I picked out of the many pics.  Markings of the blue form look the same.  At first I thought it strange that of all the geese, that I happened to find 2 possible Ross's that were both blue morphs, but now I think it is the same bird,  Thoughts on Ross's.  Looks to have a shorter neck and stubby bill compared to the Snow geese.

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Snow goose

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