Let me begin by saying- nice job getting a decent movie of this goose and
then great idea to ask for help with the ID.
The goose that you filmed is definitely a Snow Goose and the
following (few) observations are some of the reasons why:
1) This bird has a longish shallow sloping bill along the top of the upper
A Ross's Goose would have a steeper sloping bill and not nearly as
long as this bird's.
2) The base of this bird's bill (where the bill meets the face) has a
noticeable arc shape to it.
A Ross's Goose would have an almost straight vertical line at the base
of its' bill. It would also show a blueish color at the bill base.
3) This bird shows a noticeable "grin patch" after it takes a drink and
lifts its' head. The grin patch is the oval shaped blackish
colored opening between the upper & lower mandibles.
A Ross's Goose would show no opening (or grin patch) between the upper
& lower mandibles. The line between the mandibles would be pretty straight.
There are more points to look for involving general size and shape but
those become more noticeable after you have seen a few Ross's Geese.
I hope that this info is helpful and keep up the good work.
On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM, Kaye Danforth <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Norm, on closer examination I think the beak may be too large and the head
> a little too elongated for it to be a Ross' Goose. But then, I'm none too
> savvy about geese. Anyone else??
> On Sep 23, 2012, at 2:33 PM, Kaye Danforth wrote:
> Wish I could get a better look at it's beak. Can you see a Snow Goose
>> On Sep 23, 2012, at 2:02 PM, Norm Salter wrote:
>> Here is another digiscoping video. I wish Photobucket wouldn't convert my
>>> 320 width video to 600. Always gets blurred/pixelated even more than the
>>> It's out back now. Thought it was a Snow Goose, but now I am thinking
>>> Monkton VT