Lately I’ve been trying to see the world through the eyes of a child…with wonder at the incredible magic of the place in which we live.
This past weekend, I had an experience that was truly wonder-filled.
As a flock of fifty Canada geese made their way to the water’s edge, I noticed one had unusual markings. It was the same size as the rest of the geese, but its head was white, and its neck was mottled grey and white. It also had a light-coloured bill and pinkish feet. The underbelly of this goose was also predominantly white. Yet for all its differences, it was accepted as one of the tribe.
Later, after checking the bird book, and getting some photos, we determined that it was likely a Blue-morph Snow goose. Clearly it had missed an exit on its migration path!
Imagine seeing a Snow goose in southern Ontario in the summer! Oh the wonder!
Canada goose and possible Blue-morph Snow goose – June 19, 2016, southern Ontario (photo by Ralph Morgan)