While at the Jordan Lake Dam this morning, a large white bird appeared in with a few gulls that were flying above the Haw River. I believe it to be a Snow Goose. However, it is possible that it is a Ross’s Goose. Both birds are rare in this part of NC (there are thousands of snow geese around Lake Mattamuskeet this time of the year). Both birds also readily hybridize with each other. I didn’t get quite good enough photos to clearly see the beak on this goose and that could have helped with the identification. Enjoy this winter-white visitor!
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When I was trying to identify a snow goose on the Haw in the 90s, I looked for black wing tips, and finally sawthem, but they were smaller, not quite so obvious. They traveled with the Canada geese and wintered on the lake there in Saxapahaw. Judy
Judy Hogan 919-545-9932:
I do have an advantage … my long lens brings those black wingtips right into view!