Ron Wilson spotted these snow geese at Rock Island last week.
According to “Hinterland Who’s Who,” the lesser snow goose has evolved a strong serrated bill and tongue to cut and tear the roots of bulrushes and sedges.
The bird often has a rusty orange face, because its feathers have been stained by iron in the earth where the bird feeds.
The snow goose is probably the most abundant goose in Canada.
Unlike most other waterfowl, they usually nest in large colonies with densities of up to 2,000 pairs per square kilometre.
The lesser snow goose makes a loud, resonant, nasal whouk or houck, which can sound like a high-pitched bark, often uttered in chorus. To read more from Hinterland visit: hww.ca.