Snow Goose (Greater)

greater snow gooseThe Greater Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens atlanticus) breeding areas are limited to western Greenland and the surrounding islands, such as Baffin Island, making them among the northernmost breeding geese in the world. They are 25-30% again larger that Lesser Snow Geese, with notable larger heads and much heavier bills. Their upper primaries differ from lesser snows because they are much lighter gray, this is most readily seen in flight. Their growing population is normally all white-phase and seeing a blue-phase is extremely rare. Greater Snow Geese primarily overwinter within the mid-Atlantic Flyway seaboard. Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Delaware have good numbers at times and the hunting can be excellent.