Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

No Snow, But Snow Geese

Other than one spell of snow it's has been a relatively snow free winter in Indiana County. However, we have had Snow Geese sightings in the County. The Snow Goose was, in the early 1900s becomng rare but with the passage of game protection laws they have dramatically increased their populations.

The snow goose has two color plumage morphs, white (snow) or gray/blue (blue), thus the common description as "snows" and "blues." White-morph birds are white except for black wing tips, but blue-morph geese have bluish-grey plumage replacing the white except on the head, neck and tail tip. (from Wikipedia).

One that we saw in Conemaugh Township recently in a corn field was the Blue morph variety.

The above photo is courtesy of Wikipedia from the following source:

"Anser caerulescens CT8" by Cephas - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -